SFA Equipment Grant
2019 National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grants for School Food Authorities  Minimize 
 Award amount: $1,000+

Application period: May 3 – June 7, 2019, 8 p.m. CDT

Update: The 2019 NSLP Equipment Grant (CFDA 10.579) list of initial awardees is posted. 

Written notification was sent to awardees. Contracting entities that did not receive an award will not receive notification. Questions about the NSLP Equipment Grant may be sent to PO.BOps@TexasAgriculture.gov.

Equipment Grant Application Process

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) will competitively award kitchen equipment assistance grants for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) participants. These kitchen equipment assistance grants will allow School Food Authorities (SFAs) to purchase nonexpendable, tangible kitchen equipment with a useful life of more than one year. The minimum per-unit acquisition is $1,000. TDA will use a competitive grant process to distribute awards to Texas schools that best fit the consideration requirements.

The application period is May 3 through June 7, 2019. All applications must be submitted through the application web portal. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. TDA will evaluate the applications and plans to announce awards in August of 2019. 

Eligible schools must participate in NSLP and have at least 50 percent of enrolled students eligible for free or reduced price meals. School sites that did not receive an award from a previous American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) or NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant will have priority in for being awarded a 2019 NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant. 

Scoring will consider:

  • Access to other financial resources to acquire equipment
  • Age of food service equipment being replaced
  • The proposed equipment’s potential impact on improving meal quality, such as if it improves: 
    • the safety of the food served in the school meals served,
    • overall energy efficiency of the school food service operations, or
    • NSLP or SBP participation rates.
  • The equipment’s role in a larger strategy for adopting smarter lunchrooms (lunchroom changes that provide more convenience and appeal to the student population, highlighting healthier choices, redesigning menus that target healthier entrees/options).

 Click to see an overview of the scoring criteria  and specific equipment score valuesClick here to learn more about how the equipment score values are determined.

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