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to Purchase or Repair Food Service Equipment

National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Equipment Assistance Grants

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Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), Bureau of Health/Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education

Deadline Date:

09/30/22 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $25,000 to Connecticut school food authorities for food service equipment. Funding is intended to purchase new equipment or to refurbish or replace existing equipment with the goal of meeting nutritional standards, ensuring food safety, improving operation and efficiency, and/or expanding participation in Child Nutrition Programs.

The funds allow SFAs to purchase equipment that improves the school Child Nutrition Program in the following ways:

  • Improve the quality of school meals;
  • Serve healthier meals that meet the updated meal patterns with emphasis on serving more fruits and vegetables, which includes items purchased locally;
  • Improve food safety; and
  • Improve and expand participation in the NSLP and/or SBP.

The grant proposal must also address at least one additional focus area identified below:

  • Food Safety: Equipment that improves the safety of food served in the school meal programs (e.g., cold or hot holding equipment, blast chillers, refrigeration or freezers).
  • Expand Participation: Equipment that supports an SFA’s improvement or expansion of participation in the NSLP or SBP (e.g., equipment for serving meals in an alternate setting or to better utilize cafeteria space).
  • Efficiency: Equipment that improves the overall energy efficiency of the school nutrition operation (e.g., purchase of an energy-efficient walk-in freezer to replace an outdated energy-demanding freezer).
  • Promote Smarter Lunchrooms

Grants may be used to cover costs that are reasonably required to procure new equipment and place it in service, including delivery, installation, testing, and disposal of the old equipment. For example, the purchase of a walk-in freezer for the school food service would be an allowable cost, which could include the cost of minor alterations necessary for installation or operation. However, a general renovation or extension to a food service area would fall under the category of construction costs, which is not an allowable cost of these grant funds.

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GrantWatch ID#: 155001

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Estimated Size of Grant:

$1,000- $25,000

Term of Contract:

Grant period: August 31, 2022, through September 30, 2023

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Funds are provided to state agencies to competitively award Equipment Assistance Grants to eligible school food authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and/or the School Breakfast Program (SBP), or the Seamless Summer Option of the NSLP.

Priority is given to schools that did not receive a previous NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant award, within the last five years, under the FY 2017, FY 2018, FY 2019, FY2020, and FY 2021 Agriculture Appropriations Acts.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is September 30, 2022, by 5 pm.

All grantees of CSDE MUST have a UEI number.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Direct questions to Sean Fogarty at the email address above or call 860-807-2050.

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