As we have described here and here and here before, the USDA has allocated $4 million in funding to help farmers markets throughout the country obtain wireless technology in order to accept SNAP at market.
Of the $4m, Maryland has been allotted a little under $68,000 and it has been provided to the Department of Human Resources (DHR) to utilize. MDA has been working with DHR since May to enable markets to access these funds quickly and effectively. MDA and DHR signed a Memorandum of Agreement in which MDA will function as the main point of contact and manage market communication while DHR handles the financial management portion.
This post is for Maryland farmers markets who were authorized to accept SNAP after November 18, 2011 and that incurred costs of running a SNAP program since then.
- A farmers market authorized to accept SNAP after 11/18/11 is eligible to access these funds to cover the following costs: wireless point of sale equipment (one machine per market), installation, and wireless access service (for each month up to one year’s worth) up to $2,200 worth.
- In order to receive a grant to cover these costs, you must:
- Submit this “Wireless POS Project Application” in hard-copy by August 14, 2012 to DHR, as well as all relevant documentation requested in this document
- Submit this “Wireless POS equipment Reimbursement Form” in hard-copy by August 14, 2012 to DHR, including copies of all applicable receipts or contracts
- A decision on accepted applications will be issued by DHR on August 21, 2012, after which you will be required to submit this Wireless POS Equipment Grant Agreement as well as a final reimbursement form to submit for payment for applicable costs.