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USDA NSLP Equipment Grant


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 2023 NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant - CLOSED

USDA has released memo SP 18-2023 regarding the Fiscal Year 2023 National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grant for School Food Authorities. USDA awarded Wisconsin a total of $405,639 to distribute to School Food Authorities (SFAs).

The FY 2023 NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant application period is now CLOSED. No late applications will be accepted. All SFAs that applied will receive an email in spring 2024 informing them whether or not they have been selected to proceed with part two of the grant process.

SFAs should NOT go out to bid until they have been notified that they have been selected to proceed with part two AND that their specification has been approved by the DPI procurement team. Any equipment purchase (or obligation to purchase) made prior to the official grant award is not eligible for funding. 

Application Materials

Important Grant Details

The application period closed on January 12, 2024. No late applications will be accepted. 

FY 2023 Equipment Assistance Grant Announcement Letter

“How to Apply” Video Tutorial  


Part 1 Application - CLOSED

Application links were sent via email to the Authorized Representative and Food Service Director at each SFA participating in the National School Lunch Program on November 27, 2023. SFAs will be contacted regarding the status of their application in the spring of 2024.

Part 2 Going out to Bid

SFAs selected to proceed with Part 2 of the Equipment Grant process will have their specifications reviewed by the DPI SNT Procurement Team. Only after the specification has been approved should the SFA go out to bid. 

Equipment Resources
Additional Resources


Tracy Huffman, MS, RDN, CD
Public Health Nutritionist
(608) 266-7112
Alyssa Santana, RDN, CD
Nutrition Program Consultant
(608) 266-1046