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2018-20 National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Equipment Assistance Subgrant

Grants to South Carolina School Districts to
Improve the Food Quality of Meal Programs

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South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) - Office of Health and Nutrition

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Deadline Date:

12/14/18 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 is intended for 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 school meal 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).

Equipment requests may include new equipment, renovation of equipment, or replacement of equipment only.

To make the most effective use of the subgrant funds, the applicant must address the following four key focus areas:

1. Food Quality: Equipment that improves the quality of school nutrition meals in ways that support the new nutritional standards (e.g., purchasing an equipment alternative to a deep fryer).
2. Food Safety: Equipment that improves the safety of food served in the school nutrition programs (e.g., cold/hot holding equipment, dishwashing equipment, refrigeration, milk coolers, freezers, blast chillers).
3. Energy Efficiency: Equipment that improves the overall energy efficiency of the school nutrition operations (e.g., purchase of an energy-efficient, walk-in freezer replacing an outdated, energy-demanding freezer).
4. Expand Participation: Equipment that supports improved and/or expanded participation in a school nutrition program such as the NSLP and/or School Breakfast Program (e.g., equipment to better use cafeteria space).

Applicants are encouraged to apply the following best practices to assist their efforts in upgrading food service equipment to serve healthier meals.

- School officials and local policymakers should work collaboratively with parents, teachers, students, and funders to identify and implement strategies for meeting equipment, infrastructure, and training needs.
- Nonprofit and for-profit organizations that have an interest in improving children’s health, education, school infrastructure, and community wellness should provide assistance to schools in acquiring the necessary equipment.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164909

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

20 - 40

Estimated Size of Grant:

$15,000 - $25,000

Term of Contract:

The project term is March 2019 through June 2020. All equipment must be purchased and installed and funds expended by June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An SFA may apply for a subgrant on behalf of its schools that:
1. Currently participate in the NSLP;
2. Did not receive equipment assistance under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the FY 2010, FY 2013, FY 2014 (rounds one or two), FY 2015, FY 2016, and FY 2017 Agriculture Appropriations Acts (see pages 41–46 for a list of ineligible schools); and
3. 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.

Subgrant funds must not be used to purchase non-commercial equipment or to purchase commercial equipment that is not conducive to the existing kitchen/cafeteria infrastructure. Subgrant funds may not be used for administrative costs. Subgrant funds must not be co-mingled with other program funds.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Office of Health and Nutrition will offer a pre-application technical assistance session via Adobe Connect ( on November 14, 2018, from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM. No password is required to join the session. Participants should enter their full names when logging in to the session. Participants will be able to log in 30 minutes prior to the start of the session to test their equipment’s audio and video settings and to download/print handouts. While participation is not mandatory in order to submit an application, it is highly recommended.

Pre-Application Information:

- November 14, 2018: Pre-application technical assistance webinar
- December 14, 2018, 5:00 PM: Deadline for receipt of applications
- March 2019: Notification of awards; equipment purchases may begin
- March 31, 2020: Deadline for SFAs to obligate funds
- June 30, 2020: Equipment must be installed and all funds expended
- August 15, 2020: Final reports due to the SCDE

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Heather Snelgrove

South Carolina Department of Education
Office of Health and Nutrition
1429 Senate Street, Suite 701-A
Columbia, SC 29201

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Geographic Focus:

USA: South Carolina