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Commercial Dishwasher Grant

Availability of the Commercial Dishwasher Grant Request for Applications.

The Request for Applications for the Commercial Dishwasher Grant (CDG) is now available.

The grant application package and instructions are available in Management Bulletin SNP-04-2024. Note that school food authorities must complete the grant application online.

The online application deadline is 5 pm Pacific Daylight Savings Time (PDST) on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at which time the California Department of Education (CDE) will no longer accept applications.

Background Information

On July 10, 2023, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill (AB) 102 (Budget Act of 2023) into law. This law provides $15 million from the State of California’s General Fund to fund the creation of this one-time, competitive CDG. The purpose of the CDG is to promote single-use waste reduction and transition schools to reusable food service ware. Eligible local educational agencies (LEA) are defined as public school districts, county offices of education, and direct-funded charter schools that sponsor the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or School Breakfast Program (SBP). LEAs may apply for funding for no more than five school sites; sites awarded may receive up to $40,000 each to support the purchase of an energy-efficient commercial dishwasher and/or costs directly related to installation.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or need assistance regarding applying for the CDG, contact the CDG team by email at

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Last Reviewed: Thursday, March 28, 2024
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