Fiscal Year 2020 National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grants for School Food Authorities
|DATE:||May 13, 2020|
|MEMO CODE:||SP 17-2020|
|SUBJECT:||Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 National School Lunch Program Center Equipment Assistance Grants for School Food Authorities|
The purpose of this memorandum is to distribute $30 million provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2020, (PL 116-94), to state agencies to competitively award Equipment Assistance Grants to eligible School Food Authorities participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). This memorandum and attachments provide guidance on the specific terms and conditions, funding goals, period of performance, and timelines for these grants.
State agencies may consider any SFA eligible to receive a grant award. Selection criteria factors that state agencies may consider include, but are not limited to the following:
- Age of food service equipment or lack of appropriate items
- The availability of existing state and local funding for equipment purchases
- Strategies for adopting lunchroom changes that provide more convenience and appeal to the student
- Opportunities to realize meaningful impacts on nutrition and quality of meals
State agencies must submit a copy of the Request for Application (RFA) to their respective Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) regional program office for prior approval. The RFA must include all applicable terms and conditions both at the Federal and state level (Government-wide and USDA requirements).
A state agency may not use more than five percent of its allocation for administrative costs associated with awarding grants to eligible SFAs.
State agencies’ NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant announcements to SFAs must highlight the requirement to follow all federal, state, and Local procurement laws when purchasing equipment with these grant awards.
SFAs that are unable to fully expend their grant amounts must return the unliquidated funds to the state agency. If these funds are returned to the state agency, the state agency may reallocate available funds (the returned funds and the funds not previously obligated to SFAs) to award the next applicant approved for an equipment grant that had not received funds during the initial competitive grant application process.
Funds returned to the state agency after Sept. 30, 2022 must be returned to FNS. State agencies must follow all standard policies and procedures to award these grants to the SFAs.
Questions regarding this memo should be directed to the appropriate regional office. Regional office questions should be directed to the child nutrition program Monitoring and Operational Support Division.
|Sarah E. Smith-Holmes
Program Monitoring and
Operational Support Division
Child Nutrition Programs
Grants and Fiscal Policy Division
Additional links for related NSLP Equipment Assistance Grants information:
The contents of this guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.