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2020-22 National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Equipment Assistance Subgrant

Grants to South Carolina School Food Authorities
for Healthier Meal Services in Schools

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

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01/07/21 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $25,000 to South Carolina School Food Authorities for equipment that allow schools to serve healthier meals. Applicants are advised that required registration may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to enable SFAs to serve healthier meals, improve food safety, and to help support the maintenance and/or expansion of the School Breakfast Program.

Any SFA is eligible to receive a subgrant based on the following criteria:

  • The age of the food service equipment or lack of appropriate items,
  • The availability of existing state and local funding for equipment purchases,
  • Strategies for adopting lunchroom changes that provide more convenience and appeal to the student, and
  • Opportunities to realize meaningful impacts on nutrition and quality of meals.

Competitive Priorities:

The SCDE has established two competitive priorities for this funding cycle. Applicants must meet the following requirements and complete the competitive priorities section of the online application to qualify for the competitive priority bonus points.
  • Priority 1: Free or Reduced-Price Meals: To receive points, at least 50 percent of the school’s students must qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Bonus points will be awarded to applications that propose to serve students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals based on the ranges of free or reduced-price percentages in the table below. Schools that participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) must use their individual CEP claiming rate (the school’s Identified Student Percentage (ISP) multiplied by the 1.6 USDA adjustment factor) instead of the traditional free or reduced-price eligibility rate. CEP schools must use their individual ISP for the calculation instead of the district-wide or group ISP used for reimbursement claims.
  • Priority 2: Has not received a previous NSLP Equipment subgrant award: Five bonus points will be awarded to applications that propose to serve schools with an enrollment of 50 percent or more students eligible for free or reduced-price meals that have never received a subgrant.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164909

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Number of Grants:

The SCDE anticipates awarding between 20 and 30 subgrants..

Estimated Size of Grant:

No subgrant will be awarded for more than $25,000.

Term of Contract:

March 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants
- Any SFA may apply for a subgrant on behalf of any of its schools/sites that currently participate in the NSLP, Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), or the Seamless Summer Option.
- To request funding for more than one school, an SFA must submit a separate application for each school.

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 16, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. 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 apply, it is highly recommended.

Pre-Application Information:

- November 16, 2020: Technical assistance session
- January 7, 2021: Deadline for receipt of applications
- March 2021: Notification of awards
- December 31, 2021: Deadline for SFAs to obligate funds
- June 30, 2022: Equipment must be installed and all funds fully expended
- August 15, 2022: Final report due to the SCDE

No hard copy applications will be accepted. Applications delivered by hand, postal mail, email, or fax will not be accepted.

Universal Identifier and System of Award Management—2 CFR Part 25
- Note: SFAs must work with the finance office to obtain the DUNS number and ensure the school district is current and active in SAM.
- All applicants must obtain a Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number as a universal identifier for federal financial assistance. Active grant recipients and their direct subrecipients of a subgrant award also must obtain a DUNS number. Visit the D&B DUNS Web site to request a DUNS number.
- The applicant must be registered in the federal System for Award Management (SAM) prior to submitting an application, maintain their SAM registration throughout the application and award process, and include a valid DUNS number in the online application.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Diane Gillie

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

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