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Equipment Grant
2021 National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grants for School Food Authorities
UPDATED 04/04/2022
Award Amount:
Application Period: Closed

Grant Recipients: The 2021 NSLP Equipment Grant (CFDA 10.579) list of awardees

Award recipients must be registered with System for Award Management (SAM). Recipients will not be able to receive funds without an active SAM # and Unique Entity Identifier (UEI). You may begin the registration process at Getting Started with Registration for SAM. This can take several weeks, so do not delay.

Notification of awards were sent via USPS to Child Nutrition Directors and Superintendents of winning School Food Authorities. Contracting entities that did not receive an award will not receive notification.

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 2021 NLSP Equipment Assistance Grant.

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Additional questions about the NSLP Equipment Grant may be sent to

Equipment Grant Application Process:

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) competitively awarded kitchen equipment assistance grants to eligible School Food Authorities who are National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), 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 2021 grant minimum equipment acquisition cost per item is $1,000. TDA used a competitive award process to distribute $3,816,551 in reimbursement grants among the SFA sites that best fit USDA selection factors detailed at 2021 Equipment Grant Processing Methodology

The application period was August 24, 2021 – September 30, 2021. All applications were submitted through the application web portal. Applications were not accepted past the deadline. TDA announced awards in December of 2021.

Eligible SFAs had to be participating in NSLP, SBP, SFSP, or SSO and be in good standing. CEs that did not receive an award from a previous American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) or NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant were given priority in the 2021 NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant selection process.

Scoring considered:

  • 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:

General FAQ about the 2021 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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