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National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Equipment Assistance Grant

Grants to Illinois School Food Authorities to
Upgrade School Food Service Equipment

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)

Deadline Date:

11/15/19 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $50,000 to Illinois agencies for the purchase, renovation, and replacement of school food service equipment in public and private schools throughout the State. Funding is intended to support the procurement and upgrade of equipment that enhances the quality and safety of school meals, promotes energy efficiency of food service operations, and increases participation in school meal programs at high-need schools.

The Equipment Assistance Grant program distributes funding allocations via a competitive grant process to School Food Authorities with schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. 

Funds will allow SFAs to purchase or renovate equipment needed to serve healthier school meals, improve food safety, and expand access to school meals.

In order to make the most effective use of the grant funds, key focus areas are:

  • Equipment that improves the quality of school meals;
  • Equipment that improves the safety of food served in the school meal programs;
  • Equipment that improves the overall energy efficiency of the school food service operations; and/or
  • Equipment used to improve or expand participation in school meals.

Allowable expenditures for this grant include costs associated with:

  • Purchase of new equipment,
  • Renovation of existing equipment, and/or
  • Replacement of existing equipment.

Examples of equipment include, but are not limited to, refrigeration (reach-in or walk-in, if efficiently sized), preparation equipment (convection oven, combination oven, steamer, tilt skillet, food processor), serving line ( (effective flow and components, including merchandising), holding cabinet, dishwasher, shelving, salad bar, food transport carts, carriers, and point-of-sale system. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143827

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,308,856

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards will range in dollar amount from a minimum of $1,000 to a maximum of $50,000 per School Food Authority.

Term of Contract:

The grant period will begin no sooner than April 1, 2020, and will extend from the execution date of the grant
until no later than September 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Illinois School Food Authorities (SFAs) are eligible to apply on behalf of their school sites that participate in the
National School Lunch Program. An SFA is defined as a governing body that is responsible for the administration of one or more schools/sites and has the legal authority to operate the NSLP therein.

All SFAs with NSLP schools are eligible to apply, but priority will be given to:
- High-need schools (i.e., schools in underserved areas, schools with limited access to other resources, and age of food service equipment) where 50 percent or more of the enrolled students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals
- Schools that have not previously received an NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant
- Schools also participating in the school breakfast program.

Unallowable costs include, but are not limited to:
- Remodeling of the food service area or cafeteria,
- Facility renovation or construction costs (building improvements),
- Administrative expenses,
- Indirect costs, and/or
- Set-asides for auditing services.

Flooring is considered a part of the building and would not be classified as equipment. Expenses to replace flooring are not allowable for this grant.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is November 15, 2019 at 5:00 PM. Applications must be submitted or received by this time.

It is anticipated that successful applicants will receive a notice of a potential award approximately 90 days after the end of the application period.

The State of Illinois Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) requires applicants to complete pre-qualification requirements before applying for any FY 2020 grant. This includes completion of the Grantee Registration and Pre-qualification process through the Illinois GATA Web Portal at https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/GATA/grantee/pages/default.aspx.

Grant applicants are also required to complete a FY 2020 Fiscal and Administrative Risk Assessment in the
form of an Internal Controls Questionnaire (ICQ) available through the GATA Web Portal and an FY 2020
Programmatic Risk Assessment through the Illinois State Board of Education Web Application Security (IWAS)
system.

Applicants must have a DUNS and a SAM registration.

School Nutrition Foundation in partnership with Duke Manufacturing hosted a webinar (online web conference) entitles "Equipment Solutions: Plug into Profitability" in April 2009. To view​ a recording of this free webinar, visit their website at http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Content.aspx?id=11892.

Contact Information:

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

Applications can be submitted online, by email, or delivered by hand.

Apply online: https://sec1.isbe.net/attachmgr/default.aspx

Mail the original application, including all attachments, to Illinois State Board of Education, Attn: Emily Durbin,
100 North First Street (W-270), Springfield, IL 62777-0001.

Proposals may be hand-delivered to ISBE’s Springfield Office location.
Springfield Office: Reception Area, First Floor
100 North First Street

Place the hand-delivered proposal in a marked envelope or folder, or include a cover sheet with the following information:
Upon arrival, request the guard on duty call the ISBE Nutrition Division for someone to come down to receive the submission and provide a delivery receipt. ISBE is not responsible for lost or misdirected submissions if left without confirmation of receipt.

Submit a question: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=hv5kA8ZJ9Eq1LDNameV30Zg1Orq2YAhFjWBvcgcC5EJUQUJPSFRKT1U0R0FXQzYzMENUTkg5RFdNSy4u

For more information contact Emily Durbin at 217-782-2491, 800-545-7892, or edurbin@isbe.net. A

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