The purpose of Equipment Assistance Grants is to distribute funding allocations provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act. State agencies competitively award equipment assistance grants to eligible School Food Authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
These funds will allow SFAs to purchase equipment to serve healthier meals that meet the updated meal patterns, with emphasis on more fruits and vegetables in school meals, improve food safety, and expand access.
State agencies must award these grants via a competitive grant process to SFAs, giving priority to high need schools (i.e., schools in underserved areas, schools with limited access to other resources, and age of food service equipment).
FY 2020 NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant
USDA has released USDA Memo SP 17-2020, regarding the Fiscal Year 2020 NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant for SFAs. USDA awarded Wisconsin $399,042 to distribute to SFAs.
The application period for Part One closed November 20, 2020. DPI SNT will not be accepting new applicants.
DPI staff will review the Equipment Assistance Grant Application and Specification Sheet(s). After review, an email will be sent to each SFA indicating if they are eligible to proceed with obtaining bids and how to proceed or if the SFA is not eligible for an Equipment Grant.
For more details please see the attached announcement letter from the SNT. All questions can be emailed to DPIEquipGnt@dpi.wi.gov.