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Grants to California Local Educational Agencies to Purchase Equipment for School Meals

2023 National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Equipment Assistance Grant (EAG)


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Funding Source
California Department of Education
Nutrition Services Division (NSD)
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Geographic Focus
USA: California

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/04/23 4:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to California local educational agencies to purchase equipment needed to serve more nutritious meals in school. Eligible expenses include but are not limited to maintenance or replacement of necessary equipment, the renovation of the lunchroom facilities, the expansion of food storage space, and the improvement of safe food handling systems.

These funds allow school food authorities (SFA) to purchase food service equipment to serve healthier meals that meet the updated meal pattern requirements, replace outdated and worn equipment, improve food safety, and help support the establishment, maintenance, or expansion of the School Breakfast Program. 

The NSD will give priority to those SFAs that have not received an EAG since 2019. 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.

SFAs should keep the following criteria in mind when applying for the equipment grant:

  • First time applicants—the CDE will give priority to SFA sites that have not received an EAG during the last four grant cycles. See Recipients tab for a complete list of awarded sites for the past four grant cycles.
  • Effectiveness of equipment purchased—the CDE will give priority to SFAs that specifically document how the equipment they purchase will reflect the intent of the grant. SFAs must provide a narrative with specific emphasis on the focus areas detailed in the scoring criteria.
  • SFAs must be in good standing in all Child Nutrition Programs in which they operate that are administered by the CDE.

Definition of Equipment:

Equipment requests may include new or renovated equipment. For purposes of this grant, the CDE may award equipment with a per unit cost of $1,000 or more.

It is also permissible for SFAs to set their own lower capitalization threshold for equipment. In such cases, an SFA can purchase a piece of equipment at a lower cost that meets or exceeds that SFA's capitalization threshold. SFAs with a lower capitalization threshold must include in their application an official board or district policy granting the lower threshold. The CDE will assign the federal threshold of $1,000 to SFAs that do not submit an official policy of a lower capitalization threshold at the time of application.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Applicants: Local educational agencies

Public school districts, county offices of education, directly funded charter schools, private schools, and residential child care institutions that participate in the NSLP or School Breakfast Program can apply for this grant. The Nutrition Services Division (NSD) will give priority to those sites that did not receive funds from the 2019, 2020, 2021, or 2022 NSLP equipment grants.

Pre-Application Information
Important Dates:
- Date Application Available: October 9, 2023
- Due Date: 4 p.m. Monday December 4, 2023.
- Expected Notification Date: April 1, 2024

Each SFA may apply for no more than five sites.

More information:

Request for Applications:

Application Instructions:

The National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grants Procurement Webinar:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $100,000 per SFA

Contact Information
Apply Online:

- Program: Danielle Rice, 916-323-2538,
- Fiscal: Bryan Gee, 916-445-4815,
- Division: Nutrition Services Division, 916-322-3005 (phone), 916-445-5731 (fax)

For questions regarding this grant, email

California Department of Education
1430 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-5901

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