New Grants for Point-of-Sale Equipment

New Grants for Point-of-Sale Equipment

New Grants for Point-of-Sale Equipment

To make it easier for Minnesotans on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program to purchase groceries via curbside pickup or delivery, the Minnesota Department of Human Services, in partnership with the Minnesota Grocers Association (MGA), will issue grants to eligible grocery retailers for point-of-sale (POS) equipment that can accept Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards. Retailers can apply for this reimbursement grant through December 30, 2020.

The Grocery Store Point of Sale Expansion Grant provides financial support to SNAP retailers for the purchase of a wireless POS machine to process EBT via curbside or delivery. The wireless POS equipment will offer an alternative to going into stores to make EBT purchases, enabling additional socially distanced access points for SNAP recipients. SNAP retailers may receive up to $500 per location authorized to process SNAP transactions for money spent purchasing and integrating the wireless POS equipment.

WHAT IS IT?  Reimbursement grants for retailers of up to $500 for the purchase of a .mobile point of sale device so that EBT customers can purchase groceries via curbside pickup or delivery enabling additional socially distanced options for EBT users.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?  Retailers, with a physical store in Minnesota, that currently have an active account in good standing with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to receive and process SNAP EBT purchases.

HOW DOES IT WORK?  Retailers should work with their processor to purchase a wireless point-of-sale machine and integrate into their store system. Reimbursement grants are available for purchases made June 1 through December 30, 2020. 

HOW DO I APPLY?  Submit the grant application by mail (see attachment for form), email, fax, or online at Submit copies of receipts for purchase and integration for a wireless point-of-sale machine. Note: Due to timing of the grant, purchase orders are eligible submissions. 

For more information and technical assistance see the Minnesota Grocers Association website at or email [email protected] or call 651-228-0973.

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