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 are not yet authorized to accept SNAP.
- A farmers market 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
- Since your market has not yet received SNAP authorization, you must begin the process of applying to accept SNAP here. The market must obtain SNAP authorization by September 14th to receive funding.
- 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.