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School Nutrition Equipment Assistance for High Need Districts

Grants to Massachusetts School Districts to Purchase
Food Service Equipment to Serve Healthier Lunches

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

Deadline Date:

11/16/18 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $20,000 to Massachusetts school districts to purchase food service equipment in order to increase school capacity to serve more nutritious meals. Proposals should place an emphasis on serving more fruits and vegetables, as well as improving food safety, purchasing local items, and expanding access.

In general, the funds may be used for purchasing equipment for the implementation of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) in (and only in) the specific school requesting the grant. Examples include equipment for heating, cooking, holding, serving, and refrigeration of foods used in the NSLP. The grant funds can be used for installation and delivery costs of the equipment purchased. Equipment requests may include new equipment, renovation of equipment, or replacement of equipment. If the equipment purchased for the school is ever sold, the proceeds must be returned to the School's Nutrition Program Account.

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GrantWatch ID#: 158404

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Number of Grants:

The Department will award 20 to 30 competitive grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are awarded up to $20,000 per school.

Term of Contract:

The project duration may run until August 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

School districts that participate in the National School Lunch Program during the 2018-2019 school year and are in good standing with the Child Nutrition Program reporting requirements may apply for individual schools. Priority will be given to schools reflecting the priorities stated above. Schools must be in compliance with the new meal pattern regulations.

Priority will be given to schools where 50 percent or more of the enrolled students are eligible for free or reduced price meals. Further priorities include schools that did not receive a School Nutrition Equipment Assistance for High Need Districts grant in 2010 (ARRA), 2011 (USDA), or FY14, FY15, FY16, FY17, FY18 (USDA).

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 16, 2018.

Contact Information:

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

Mail applications to:

Kerry Callahan
Office for Food and Nutrition Programs
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906

Kerry Callahan
781- 338-6462

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USA: Massachusetts