Equipment Grant
2022 National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grants for School Food Authorities  Minimize 
2022 SFA Equipment Grant Recipient Forms

UPDATED 1/9/2023

Award Amount: $1,000+

Application Period: Closed

Grant Recipients: 

IMPORTANT: Award recipients must be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM).

Recipients will not be able to receive funds without an active Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) # registered with SAM. 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 (SFAs). 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 2022 NLSP Equipment Assistance Grant.

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), and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) participants. These kitchen equipment assistance grants 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 was $1,000. TDA used a competitive award process to distribute $3,957,295 provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022 (Public Law 117-103), and $6,423,486 provided by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)(Public Law 117-2) in reimbursement grants among the SFA sites that best fit USDA selection factors detailed at 2022 Equipment Grant Processing Methodology.

The application period was November 1, 2022 – November 30, 2022. All applications were submitted through the application web portal. Applications were not accepted past the deadline. TDA announced awards in January 2023.

For the 2022 NSLP Equipment Assistance Grants selection process, eligible SFAs had to be participating in the NSLP, SBP, or SSO programs and be in good standing. Sites that had received previous NSLP Equipment Assistance Grants were ineligible. Priority was given to CEs that did not have any sites that had received an award from a previous NSLP Equipment Assistance Grants over CEs that had sites that had received previous year’s awards.

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:

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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