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2020 Equipment Assistance Grant Scoring Criteria


Summary of the 100 Point Scoring Criteria

Using the Equipment Assistance Grant (EAG) Application Scoring Worksheet, Nutrition Services Division staff will score applications from school food authorities (SFA) based on the following areas:

(A) Points for student free or reduced-price (F/RP) percentage (up to 20 points)
  • 20 points for sites that have 50–100 percent F/RP student eligibility.

  • 15 points for sites that have 0–49 percent F/RP student eligibility.
(B) Points for the description of the site need for equipment grant (up to 30 points)
  • Up to 30 points for SFAs that provide a strong justification for needing grant funds at the site. A strong justification will have specific data and information that supports the site’s need (e.g., equipment has not been replaced in over 15 years, or not enough storage space for meal service during disaster (pandemic or natural disaster); the school is in a low-income or underserved area where unemployment is at X percent and the school needs Y equipment to increase their service capacity in response to Z number of F/RP eligible students).

  • Up to 20 points for SFAs that provide an average justification for grant need. An average justification lacks in specifics but is relevant to the application goals (e.g., equipment is old and outdated and food quality can be improved with new equipment; equipment will allow the school to purchase necessary equipment to start serving breakfast to the students and/or the community). These statements are informative but lack specific details.

  • Up to 10 points for SFAs that provide a weak justification for grant need. A weak justification lacks specifics and does not adequately describe the need for a grant. Very little to no detail.
(C) Points for description of equipment (up to 30 points)

Documentation in the form of a narrative of how funding will support specified efforts. SFAs will be awarded the most points for providing a strong justification, which includes documentation that the equipment is essential to achievement and how the SFA will sustain improvement in one or more of the following four focus areas:

  1. Improve nutritional quality, serve healthier meals, and meet nutritional standards

  2. Improve food safety and the safely serve meals to students during a disaster

  3. Replacing equipment that is outdated or worn

  4. Support the establishment, maintenance, or expansion of the School Breakfast Program.
  • Up to 30 points for SFAs that provide a strong justification that the equipment is necessary for achievement in one or more of the four focus areas. A strong justification must define numbers and percentages when identifying need and effect (e.g., current equipment is X number of years old, equipment will allow for on-site preparation of fresh fruits and vegetables, which will increase consumption by 30 percent and reduce produce costs by 20 percent; equipment will expand refrigeration capacity, which will decrease delivery costs, and with X savings the SFA can buy more refrigeration for bulk meal service module during a disaster, equipment will allow the site to start serving breakfast and expand breakfast participation by at least 90 percent). A strong justification will also define how the SFA will sustain improvement in the four focus areas in detail if awarded the requested equipment. To receive all 30 points, an SFA must specifically document how the equipment will help improve all four focus areas and include lots of details in their narrative.

  • Up to 20 points for SFAs that provide an average justification for the equipment being necessary for making achievements in one or more of the four focus areas. An average justification will draw a strong correlation between the need and effect of equipment but may fail to identify specific numbers or percentages when identifying need and affect (e.g., equipment will allow staff to store prepackaged produce needed during a disaster; equipment will allow the school to expand refrigeration capacity so that it can cut down on delivery costs). An average justification will also make mention of how the SFA plans to sustain improvement in the four focus areas, but provide little detail. These statements are informative but lack specific details.

  • Up to 10 points for SFAs that provide a weak justification for why this equipment is necessary for achieving one or more of the four focus areas. A weak justification will lack specifics and does not describe a need for a grant or how the SFA will sustain improvement in the four focus areas (e.g., equipment will increase food safety but applicant fails to describe how; equipment will expand refrigeration capacity but applicant fails to describe how the increased capacity will have an effect on their food service program).
(D) Points for indicating the four focus areas will be addressed by selecting specific bullet points (up to 20 points)
  • 5 points for improving nutritional quality, serving healthier meals, and meeting nutritional standards

    • Provides more fruits and vegetables at lunch or breakfast

    • Increases storage space for bulk meal distribution during a disaster

    • Enables scratch cooking

    • Increases ability to prepare foods in a healthy manner such as steaming, baking, or grilling

  • 5 points for improving food safety and the safety of the students

    • Decreases cross-contamination risks

    • Improves sanitation

    • Maintains proper temperature

    • Replaces outdated or worn equipment

  • 5 points for replacing equipment that is outdated or worn

    • Increases energy efficiency

    • Replaces equipment that is over 15 years old
  • 5 points Support the establishment, maintenance, or expansion of the School Breakfast Program

    • Enables preparation and service of additional meals needed during a disaster
    • Adds additional serving locations during school closures due to disaster
    • Expands the breakfast program
Questions:   EAG Team | equipmentgrant@cde.ca.gov | 916-323-2538
Last Reviewed: Monday, January 25, 2021
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