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2020-21 National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Equipment Assistance Subgrant Program

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

Deadline Date:

06/10/20 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. Funding is intended to support more nutritional food services, with an emphasis on offering more fruits and vegetables in school meals; enhanced food safety; improved energy efficiency; and expanded access. Priority will be given to high-need schools.

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energy efficiency of school nutrition operations (e.g., purchase of an energy-efficient, walk-in freezer replacing an outdated, energy-demanding freezer).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 and 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:

The SCDE anticipates awarding between 15 and 30 subgrants in round two.

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

July 1, 2020, thru June 30, 2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An SFA may apply 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, FY 2017, and FY 2018 Agriculture Appropriations Acts (see pages 44–49 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.

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). SFAs must give priority to schools that did not previously receive a NSLP Equipment Assistance Subgrant.

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.

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 provided a pre-application technical assistance session on May 1, 2020.

View the recording here:

Please contact Diane Gillie for any questions or concerns about the recording.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5:00 PM, June 10, 2020.

Timeline of Subgranting Process:
- May 1, 2020: Technical assistance session
- June 10, 2020: Deadline for receipt of application
- August 2020: Notification of awards
- January 15, 2021: Deadline for SFAs to obligate funds
- June 30, 2021: Equipment must be installed and all funds expended
- August 15, 2021: Final report due to the SCDE

The applicant must be registered with 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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