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2022 National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grants for School Food Authorities  Minimize 

UPDATED 10/31/2022

Award Amount: $1,000+

Application Period: November 1, 2022 - November 30, 2022

Application Documents:



Requests for Applications (RFA) were distributed to Superintendents and Child Nutrition Directors (CNDs) of all Contracted Entities (CEs) eligible to apply. If your CE did not receive an invitation, it was not eligible for the 2022 NLSP Equipment Assistance Grant.

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Additional questions about the NSLP Equipment Grant may be sent to NSLPEquipmentGrants@TexasAgriculture.gov.

Equipment Grant Application Process:

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) will competitively award kitchen equipment assistance grants to eligible School Food Authorities who are National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) 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 2022 grant minimum equipment acquisition cost per item is $1,000. TDA will use a competitive award process to distribute $10,380,781 in reimbursement grants among the SFA sites that best fit USDA selection factors detailed at 2022 Equipment Grant Processing Methodology the application period is November 1, 2022 – November 30, 2022. All applications must be submitted through the application web portal. Applications will not be accepted past the deadline. 
 

TDA will evaluate the applications and plans to announce awards in December of 2022. Eligible SFAs must be participating in NSLP, SBP, or SSO, and be in good standing. CEs that did not receive an award from a previous NSLP equipment assistance grant will be given priority in the 2022 NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant selection process.

Scoring will consider:

  • Percentage of free and reduced/CEP - priced meals
  • Access to other financial resources to acquire equipment
  • Age of food service equipment being replaced
  • The proposed equipment’s potential meaningful impact on nutrition and quality of meals
  • Improving food safety
  • Equipment that provides more convenience and appeal to the student population in highlighting healthier choices


See the scoring criteria here.


If you have any questions about the NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant, send an email to: NSLPEquipmentGrants@TexasAgriculture.gov


General FAQ about the 2022 equipment grant


SFAs must follow all federal, state, and local procurement laws when purchasing equipment with these grant awards. As with all federal grant funds, procurement regulations at 7 CFR part 210.21 and 2 CFR part 200.317-326 apply, and equipment competitively procured using these grant funds must be necessary, reasonable, and allocable. Though not required, SFAs awarded grant funds are encouraged to purchase equipment made domestically.


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Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

1. Mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
2. Fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
 
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