Equipment Grant
New 2020 Equipment Grant Application

The application period is now open! You can apply beginning July 7, 2020 through August 16, 2020. Click here to be taken to the application page.

2020 National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grants for School Food Authorities

Award Amount: $1,000+

Application Period: July 8 - August 16, 2020

Application Login: Emailed to the Superintendent and Child Nutrition Director listed in TX-UNPS for the 2019-2020 program year.

Application Documents:

Equipment Grant Application Process:

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) will competitively award kitchen equipment assistance grants to 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 2020 grant minimum equipment acquisition cost per item is $1,000. TDA will use a competitive award process to distribute $3,746,210 in reimbursement grants among the SFA sites that best fit USDA selection factors.

The application period is July 8 – August 16, 2020. 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 September of 2020.

Eligible schools must participate in the NSLP and be in good standing. School sites that did not receive an award from a previous American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) or NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant will be given priority in the 2020 NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant selection process.

Scoring will consider:

  • Percentage of free and reduced-price 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:

Your ESC can provide additional guidance and has login and password credentials.

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Assistance available in English and Spanish. Please call 877-TEX-MEAL (877-839-6325) for help.

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