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National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grants for School Food Authorities



Application Deadline: Sep 30, 2023


USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)


Supports school food programs by making grants to state educational agencies (SEAs), which award competitive sub-grants to schools and local educational agencies (LEAs) for the purchase of food service equipment. Awards subgrants through SEAs to schools and districts participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and supports the purchase of equipment with a value at or above $1,000. Aims to provide students with healthier meals, improve food safety, and help establish, maintain, or expand a school breakfast program.

SEAs may consider several selection criteria for a grant, including but not limited to:

  • Age of food service equipment or lack of appropriate equipment
  • Ability of proposed equipment to increase efficiency in procurement, food storage, and distribution/service for school food programs
  • Availability of existing state and local funding for food service equipment
  • Strategies to make school lunchrooms more convenient and appealing to students
  • Opportunities to have a meaningful effect on nutrition and quality of meals

Amount of Funding

Estimated total program funding: $80,000,000

An additional $50,000,000 in funding is available for this program in FY 2022 through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), along with an annual budget appropriation of $30,000,000.

Award amounts are established by the state education agency (SEA) administering the subgrant and can be found in the Request for Application issued by the SEA. The total amount of funding allocated to each state in FY 2022 is available on the program website.

Who Can Apply

Applications may be submitted by school food authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program. Additional information regarding eligibility can be found in the appropriate state Request for Application.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds


Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information can be found in the Request for Application (RFA) issued by each state education agency (SEA). Application deadlines will be set by the SEA in your state. All funds must be awarded by September 30, 2023.

FY 2022 NSLP equipment assistance grants memo


For program questions:
Contact the appropriate state education agency

Topics This Program Addresses

Health and Wellness • Schools