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2020 National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Equipment Assistance Grant (EAG)

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

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

Deadline Date:

03/02/21 4:00 PM


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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, provide more fresh fruit and vegetables, expand access, and improve food safety.

The Nutrition Services Division (NSD) will give priority to those sites that did not receive funds from 2016, 2017, 2018, or 2019 NSLP equipment grants. 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.

Definition of Equipment:

Equipment requests may include new or renovated equipment. Title 2, Code of Federal Regulations (2 CFR), Section 200.33, defines equipment as tangible personal property having a useful life of more than one year and a per-unit acquisition cost that equals or exceeds the federal capitalization threshold of $1,000.

It is also permissible for SFAs to set their own lower capitalization threshold. For more information, see the Management Bulletin link in the Pre-Application field below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 142303

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $100,000 per SFA

Term of Contract:

The CDE will recover funds from SFAs that do not submit invoices for approved budget items by September 1, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

Each SFA may apply for no more than five sites. A central kitchen is considered one site regardless of the number of sites that benefit from its equipment purchases.

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.

Pre-Application Information:

SFAs must complete the application online and submit it no later than 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

Expected Notification Date: May 1, 2021

The CDE will only accept online applications.

The CDE will not:
- 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 90 percent of the grant at the time of the award and the remaining 10 percent upon approval of all invoices. There are no cost sharing or matching funds requirements.

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

To apply online:

Danielle Rice, School Nutrition Program Specialist
916-323-2538 or 800-952-5609

Bryan Gee, Fiscal Contact

Nutrition Services Division
Phone: 916-322-3005
Fax: 916-445-5731

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