2023 National School Lunch Program Federal Equipment Assistance Grants

Portal ID:
45656
Status:
Forecasted
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
Last Updated:

Details

Purpose:

Schools can use this funding to purchase equipment for a variety of important improvements for the food service such as purchasing tools that support scratch cooking, storing fresh food from local producers, and receiving food deliveries in a more efficient manner.

Description:

In August 2023, the Consolidated Appropriations Act authorized the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to fund California $3,548,245 million for the EAG. Of the $3.54 million, a portion of the funding will support the CDE costs for the administration and oversight of the grant. Approximately $3.37 million will be awarded to school food authorities (SFAs). Grants must be competitively awarded to eligible SFAs. The USDA establishes the grant criteria. Each SFA may apply for equipment purchases totaling no more than $100,000 per SFA for up to five school sites. A central kitchen is considered one site regardless of the number of sites that benefit from the equipment purchases. These funds allow SFAs to purchase food service equipment to serve healthier meals that meet the meal pattern requirements, replace outdated and worn equipment, help aid in supply chain disruptions and to help support the establishment of a new school kitchen or School Nutrition Program.

Schools can use this funding to purchase equipment for a variety of important improvements for the food service such as purchasing tools that support scratch cooking, storing fresh food from local producers, and receiving food deliveries in a more efficient manner. The funding will also help to support SFAs that did not receive infrastructure funds from the 2021 or 2022 Kitchen Infrastructure and Training allocation.

Public school districts, county offices of education, directly funded charter schools, private schools, and residential child care institutions that participate in the NSLP can apply for these funds. The Nutrition Services Division (NSD) is required to competitively award the grants. SFAs must be in good standing with their Child Nutrition Programs to receive grant funds. The NSD will award points based on established criteria outlined in guidance provided by USDA to state agencies. This criteria is included in the grant application.

This Request for Application will be announced by Listserv.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Public Agency

State agencies must competitively award subgrants to SFAs and schools to purchase equipment, with a value of greater than $1,000, needed to serve healthier meals, support scratch cooking, improve food safety, store fresh food, upgrade equipment, and to help support the establishment, maintenance, or expansion of the SBP. 

Important Dates

The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
Winter 2023
Anticipated Open Date
Fall 2023

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
$3,548,245
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Dependent
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Dependent
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Yes ( see Description for details )
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
No
The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • Federal
The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Advances & Reimbursement(s)