National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Equipment Assistance Grant

Grants to South Carolina School Districts to
Improve Food Quality in Meal Programs

GrantWatch ID#: 164909
Agency Type:


South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE)

12/02/16 5:00 PM Receipt

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Grants ranging from $15,000 to $25,000 to South Carolina school districts to serve more nutritious foods as part of their meal programs. Funding will support the purchase of equipment that will help school meal programs improve the quality of food they serve, with an emphasis on more fruits and vegetables in school meals, including items purchased locally. Purchases should also result in improved food safety and expanded food access.

Priority will be given to equipment requests from eligible high-need schools (i.e., schools in underserved areas, schools with limited access to other resources, and schools with aging food service equipment) in which at least 50 percent of the enrolled students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals (district-wide percentages will not be used).


20 - 40

$15,000 - $25,000

The project term is February 2017 through June 30, 2018. All equipment must be purchased and installed and funds expended by June 30, 2018.

An school district may apply for a subgrant on behalf of its schools that:

-Currently participate in the NSLP;

-Did not receive equipment assistance under FY 2010, FY 2014 (rounds one or two), and FY 2015 Agriculture Appropriations Acts (see pages 38−40 for a list of ineligible schools); schools previously receiving an equipment assistance subgrant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 may apply and will be considered for an award if funding remains after awards are made to eligible schools that have not previously received a subgrant (see pages 41–43 for list of schools); and

-Have an enrollment of 50 percent or more of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals. For schools that participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), the school’s individual CEP claiming rate (the school’s Identified Student Percentage (ISP) multiplied by the 1.6 USDA adjustment factor) will be used in place of the traditional free or reduced-price eligibility rate. CEP schools must use their individual ISP for the calculation versus a district-wide or group ISP that may be used for reimbursement claims.

A pre-application technical assistance session was offered on October 28, 2016. View the recording:

-December 2, 2016, 5:00 PM: Deadline for receipt of applications.
-February 2017: Notification of awards; equipment purchases may begin.
-March 31, 2018: Deadline for SFAs to obligate funds.
-June 30, 2018: Equipment must be installed and all funds expended.
-August 31, 2018: Final reports due to SCDE.

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

Apply Online:

Walter Caudle

South Carolina Department of Education
1429 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201

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