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

2021 National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Equipment Assistance Grant (EAG)

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State

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California Department of Education (CDE) - Nutrition Services Division (NSD)

Deadline Date:

12/14/21 4:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to California local educational agencies to purchase equipment needed to serve more nutritious meals in school. Funding is intended to assist local schools in serving healthier meals, replacing necessary equipment, serving meals during disasters, improving food safety, and expanding the School Breakfast Program.

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to purchase food service equipment to serve healthier meals that meet the updated meal pattern requirements, replace outdated and worn equipment, serve meals during disaster (pandemic or natural disaster), improve food safety, and to help support the establishment, maintenance, or expansion of the School Breakfast Program. It gives priority to those SFAs that have not received an equipment grant since 2017.

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

  • First time applicants—the NSD will give priority to SFA sites that have not received an EAG during the 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 EAG.
  • Effectiveness of equipment purchased—the NSD will give priority to SFAs that explicitly 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.
  • Excess net cash resources (NCR)—the NSD may consider SFAs with excess NCR to be ineligible to receive an EAG. In accordance with Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR), Section 210.14(b), an SFA shall limit its NCR to an amount that does not exceed three month average expenditures of its food service account. SFAs with excess NCR must give a detailed explanation in their application for their excess NCR.
  • SFAs must be in good standing in all Child Nutrition Programs in which they operate.

Definition of Equipment:

  • Equipment requests may include new or renovated equipment. For purposes of this grant, the NSD 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 NSD 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 142303

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,625,175

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $100,000 per SFA

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 or School Breakfast Program can apply for this grant. Any of the above qualifying local agencies previously approved for the NSLP, and would otherwise be operating the NSLP in School Year 2021-22, may apply for the EAG while using the flexibilities granted under the Seamless Summer Option. The Nutrition Services Division (NSD) will give priority to those sites that did not receive funds from the 2017, 2018, 2019, or 2020 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.

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:
- Date Application Available: October 26, 2021
- Due Date: December 14, 2021
- Expected Notification Date: March 1, 2022

The CDE must receive completed EAG applications before 4 p.m. on Tuesday, December 14, 2021. The CDE will only accept online applications.

The CDE will not:
- Accept any applications received after 4 p.m. on Tuesday, December 14, 2021
- Process incomplete or late applications
- Accept placeholder applications
- Accept faxed, mailed submissions, or submissions sent by email

The CDE will provide EAGs as long as funds are available, distributing up to 90 percent of the grant at the time of the award and the remaining 10 percent upon approval of all invoices. The CDE will recover funds from SFAs that do not submit invoices for approved budget items by September 1, 2023. There are no cost sharing or matching funds requirements.

More information:
https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/sn/mbsnp052021.asp

Request for Applications:
https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r9/snpequip21rfa.asp

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:
https://surveys2.cde.ca.gov/s.asp?k=163224389588

Contacts
- Program: Danielle Rice, 916-323-2538, DRice@cde.ca.gov
- Fiscal: Brian Gee, 916-445-4815, BGee@cde.ca.gov
- Division: Nutrition Services Division, 916-322-3005 (phone), 916-445-5731 (fax)

Funding or Pin Number:

SNP-05-2021

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

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