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NSLP Equipment Grant (Idaho)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    A - Primarily intended to fund technology


    Idaho State Department of Education (SDE)


    The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public, nonprofit private schools, and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost, or free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946. In addition, sponsors of NSLP may also choose to offer School Breakfast and the After School Snack Programs.

    These funds will assist school food authorities (SFAs) in purchasing equipment needed to serve healthier school meals, improve food safety, and expand access to school meals. SFAs must plan to utilize NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant funds on equipment that covers at least one of the following focus areas:

    • Equipment that improves the quality of school meals.
    • Equipment that improves the safety of food served in the school meal programs.
    • Equipment that improves the overall energy efficiency of the school food service operations.
    • Equipment used to improve or expand participation in the NSLP.

    Note, additional consideration (priority) will be given to schools that have more than 50% of the students eligible for free/reduced price meals based on the March eligibility report. Additional consideration (priority) will also be given to SFAs that have not previously been awarded NSLP Equipment Assistance Grants.


    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    Those SFAs selected as recipients of the grant's funds must agree to the following assurances:

    • The SFA will expend the full grant award within six (6) months of receiving the award, unless prior approval is granted by SA for a longer expenditure time line.
    • The SFA will follow all NSLP Equipment Grant Regulations and reporting requirements including Federal, State and Local procurement laws, including all regulations identified in the Assurance of Compliance document included in the application.
    • The SFA will submit three (3) comparable quotes (similar equipment size/capacity/function/mechanical needs) from three different companies for requested equipment with the Equipment Grant Application.
    • The SFA understands that additional documentation (which may include delivery receipts, invoices, installation invoices, proof of payment and any other required documentation) must be submitted to the State agency prior to the reimbursement of Equipment Grant Expenditures.
    • The SFA understands that the request meets the definition of equipment in accordance with USDA, State regulations, or Local policy.
    • The SFA must continue to operate the NSLP through SY 2021 - 2022 or the award must be returned to the State Agency.


    Shawn Charters

    Shawn Charters

    (208) 332-6822

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are Idaho school food authorities. To be considered for grant funds:

    • SFAs must operate the NSLP.
    • SFAs must submit a completed Equipment Grant Application to the SA by September 30, 2019.
    • Three comparable equipment bids must be submitted with the grant application. Note: capital equipment is defined as having an acquisition cost of at least $5,000 or more per unit, including delivery and installation, and a useful life of more than one year (unless SFA has a lower capital equipment threshold. Minimum equipment request is $1,000 for those SFA's that have a lower capital equipment threshold).
    • SFAs must not have any outstanding finding in last review.

    Deadline Details

    Applications were to be submitted by September 30, 2019. A similar deadline is anticipated, annually.

    Award Details

    $129,298 is available in total funding. Award amounts vary.

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