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2019 National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Equipment Assistance Grant

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 fruit 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 (F/RP) 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 NSLP can apply for this grant. The Nutrition Services Division (NSD) will give priority to those sites that did not receive funds from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestments Act grants or the 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, or 2018 NSLP equipment 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 month 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 in underserved communities. 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 nutrition quality, serving healthier meals, and meeting nutritional standards as well as how the SFA will sustain these improvements in the years to come.
Eligible Grade Level(s) Not applicable
Eligible Age Level(s) Not applicable


Legal Authority Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, (Public Law 116-6)
Source / Type Federal / Grant
State Fiscal Year 2019-20
SACS Resource / Revenue Codes 5314 / 8290
Total Available $3,439,159
Recipient Amount $100,00 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 Unavailable
Due Date October 16, 2019
Expected Notification Date Unavailable

Additional Information

Application Request For Applications []
Background 2019 NSLP Equipment Assistance Grants []
Fiscal Unavailable
Funding ResultsFunding Results []
Other Unavailable


Program Danielle Rice, 916-323-2538,
Fiscal Shea Sprecher, 916-323-2483,
Division Nutrition Services Division, 916-322-3005 (phone), 916-445-5731 (fax)
Last Modified: August 30, 2019
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