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2016 National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grants

NOTE: The application due date for this program has passed.

Funding Description

This grant will allow school food authorities (SFA) to purchase the equipment needed to serve healthier meals, meet the new nutritional standards with an emphasis on more fresh fruits and vegetables, improve food safety, and expand access. It gives priority to those SFAs that are high need and have 50 percent or more enrolled students who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.


Eligible Applicants Local educational agencies
Required Eligibility Criteria Public school districts, county offices of education, directly funded charter schools, private schools, and residential child care institutions that participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) can apply for this grant. The NSD will give priority to those sites that did not receive funds from the 2009 ARRA grants or the 2010, 2013, 2014, or 2015 NSLP Equipment Assistance grants. The NSD may consider SFAs with excess net cash resources (NCR) to be ineligible to receive an Equipment Grant. In accordance with Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 210.14(b), an SFA shall limit its NCR to an amount that does not exceed three months’ average expenditures for its food service account.
Other Eligibility Considerations The CDE will award competitive grants of up to $100,000 per SFA. Each SFA may apply for no more than five sites. The NSD will give priority to those SFAs with a higher F/RP percentage. The NSD will also give priority to those SFAs that can explicitly document how the equipment purchased will reflect the intent of the grant, with specific emphasis on impacting nutritional quality, serving healthier meals, and meeting nutritional standards.
Eligible Grade Level(s) Not applicable
Eligible Age Level(s) Not applicable


Legal Authority 2016 Agriculture Appropriations Act
Source / Type Federal / Grant
State Fiscal Year 2016-17
SACS Resource / Revenue Codes 5314 / 8290
Total Available $3,670,685
Recipient Amount $100,000 per SFA
Match Requirement No
Allocation Formula Recipients will receive 90 percent of the funding at the time of award with the remaining 10 percent awarded upon approval of all invoices. The CDE will recover funds from agencies that do not submit invoices for approved budget items within the award time frame.

Important Dates

Date Application Available July 18, 2016
Due Date September 22, 2016
Expected Notification Date December 30, 2016

Additional Information

Application 2016 NSLP Equipment Assistance Grants []
Background Availability of the 2016 NSLP Equipment Grants []
Fiscal Unavailable
Funding Results2016-17 NSLP Equipment Grant Results []
Other Unavailable


Program Danielle Rice, 916-323-2538,
Fiscal Elia Bassin, 916-319-0403,
Division Nutrition Services Division, 916-322-3005 (phone), 916-445-5731 (fax)
Last Modified: November 9, 2016
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