California Department of Education (CDE)
09/20/18 4:00 PM
Grants to California local educational agencies to purchase equipment needed to serve healthier school lunches. The purpose of funding is to enable schools to serve healthier meals, improve food safety, and expand access to healthy food. Funding is intended to assist school food authorities (SFAs) to meet the new nutritional standards with an emphasis on more fresh fruits and vegetables.
Priority is given to school food authorities that are high need and have 50 percent or more enrolled students who are eligible for free or reduced-price (F/RP) meals.
The NSD (Nutrition Services Division) 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.
The Nutrition Services Division 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, or 2017 NSLP equipment grants.
GrantWatch ID#: 142303
Up to $100,000 per SFA
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 can apply for this grant.
Each SFA may apply for no more than five sites.
SFAs must be in good standing in all Child Nutrition Programs in which they operate.
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.
Application Due Date: 4 p.m., Thursday, September 20, 2018
Expected Notification Date: January 31, 2019
The NSD will only accept online applications. The NSD will not accept fax, email, or United States/Priority mail submissions.
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.
Equipment requests may include new or renovated equipment. The purchase threshold cannot be lower than $1,000.
For more on Equipment Assistance Grants: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/sn/mbsnp142018.asp
Grant Procurement Webinar: https://youtu.be/BUp90vuU7o0
Request for Applications: https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r9/snpequip18rfa.asp
School Meals Policy: https://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/policy
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
To apply online: https://surveys2.cde.ca.gov/s.asp?k=153212470347
Danielle Rice, School Nutrition Program Specialist
Nutrition Services Division
For questions regarding the grant: email@example.com