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FY 2024 NSLP Equipment Assistance Grants – Notice of Funding Availability

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Policy Memos
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DATE:May 16, 2024
SUBJECT:Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grants – Notice of Funding Availability
TO:Regional Directors
Child Nutrition Programs
All Regions
Regional Directors
Grants Management and Administrative Services (GMAS)
All Regions
State Directors
School Nutrition Programs
All States

This Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) announces the distribution of $10 million provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2024 (PL 118-42) to state agencies to competitively award Equipment Assistance Grants to eligible local education agencies (LEAs), school food authorities (SFAs) and schools participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). This NOFA and attachment provide guidance on the grant awards, funding, funding goals, period of performance, award/award timelines, administration and reporting for these grants.


To fully issue the available $10 million to state agencies in FY 2024, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) used the Child Nutrition State Administrative Expense allocation formula. Please refer to the state agency funding allocation attachment where state agency allocation levels can be found.

A state agency may not use more than five percent of its allocation for administrative costs associated with awarding grants to eligible subgrantees.

Subgrantee Eligibility and Approach

Under this NOFA, state agencies are directed to competitively award subgrants to LEAs, SFAs or schools to purchase equipment, with a value of greater than $1,000. State agencies must develop a Request for Application (RFA) to competitively award the subgrants and submit the RFA to their respective FNS regional program office for prior approval. The RFA must reference all applicable federal and state level (Government-wide and USDA requirements).

State agencies may consider any eligible LEA, SFA or school to receive a grant award.

Selection criteria factors that state agencies should consider when awarding the subgrants, may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Opportunities to impact nutrition and quality of meals, including supporting the implementation of updated nutrition requirements for school meals.
  • Age of food service equipment or lack of appropriate items;
  • Ability of food service equipment to increase the efficiency of SFA procurement, food storage, and distribution/service;
  • The availability of existing state and local funding for equipment purchases;
  • Strategies for adopting cafeteria changes that provide more convenience and appeal to the student.

Equipment purchased under the subgrant must be for the purpose of serving healthier meals, improving food safety, and/or helping to support the establishment, maintenance, or expansion of the School Breakfast Program.

The Assistance Listing Number (ALN), formerly referred to as the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number for this grant project award is: 10.579.

Funding Goals

Subgrantees will be required to follow procurement regulations at 7 CFR Part 210.21 and 2 CFR Part 200.317-326. Equipment competitively procured using these grant funds must be necessary, reasonable, and allocable. State agencies’ NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant announcements, i.e. the RFA to eligible subgrantees, must highlight the requirement to follow all federal, state and local procurement laws when purchasing equipment with these grant awards.

Period of Performance

The period performance start date for these grants will vary; however, the performance period end date will be Sept. 30, 2026.

How to Apply

To apply for these funds, state agencies must submit an Application for Federal Assistance through the SF-424 Application Package to their respective FNS regional office GMAS point-of-contact (POC) with a cc: to the applicable regional office program staff listed below. Applications must be received no later than 11:59 PM Eastern Time by May 31, 2024; late applications will not be considered. State agencies may reach out to their respective FNS regional office GMAS POC with questions or technical assistance requests when preparing their application package. The regional office GMAS will coordinate with the child nutrition (CN) program POC, as applicable.

All Standard Forms (SF) listed below can be found on here (where they must be opened in Adobe and saved as PDF) or as an attachment to this announcement. Please ensure all Standard Forms (SF-424, SF-424A, SF-424B, SF-LLL) have wet signatures (i.e., print, sign, and scan/email with application).

Mid-Atlantic Regional
Midwest Regional
Mountain Plains Regional
Northeast Regional
Southeast Regional
Southwest Regional
Western Regional

Award/Award Timeline

When awards are made, state agencies will receive a new FNS-529, Grant Award Agreement, from their respective regional office, with accompanying terms and conditions, which will serve as the official grant agreement. Grant funds will not be released to any state agency until the FNS-529 is returned with signature and can be fully executed, i.e., to include both the state agency and FNS signatures.

Once an award has been made and the state agencies' RFA for subgrants has been approved by the FNS regional office, the state agency will distribute subgrant materials, review application submissions, award subgrants, and conduct monitoring. State agencies are expected to maintain all appropriate purchase records from the subgrantees and make them available and ready for review upon request. The states’ initial award phase should be completed by Sept. 30, 2025, including states’ development and approval of the RFA and obligation of funds to their respective subgrantees.

Subgrantees that are unable to fully obligate their grant amounts by Sept. 30, 2025, must return any unobligated funds to the state agency by no later than Jan. 15, 2026. 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 subgrantees) 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 but not obligated by Sept. 30, 2026, must be returned to FNS. State agencies must follow all standard policies and procedures to award these grants to eligible LEAs, SFAs and schools.

No-cost extensions are not permitted under this Fiscal Year (FY) 2024, National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grants NOFA.

Award Reporting Requirements

Performance Reports

State agencies will be required to provide a FNS-908 Performance Progress Report annually and a final at the end of the period of performance.

Both the annual and the final FNS-908 Performance Progress Report will be submitted via email to the FNS regional office Program POC in PDF form (not Word or Excel). On this form, state agencies shall provide a final reporting summary that will include a list of all grantees and equipment purchased (this can be included in the narrative or as an attachment). Instructions on how to complete the FNS-908 will be provided with the grant award FNS-529 and Terms and Conditions.

Financial Status Reports

FNS will require quarterly SF-425 Financial Status Reports. The recipient is required to electronically enter the quarterly and final financial status report (SF-425) into the FNS, Food Programs Reporting System (FPRS). The title for this report is: “CN-NSLPE-v5”.

This report must be entered within 30 days after the close of each quarter. The final Financial Report must be entered into FPRS within 120 days of the expiration of the grant agreement. This report must also be certified by the recipient’s chief fiscal officer or an officer of comparable rank. State agency staff that do not already have access to the “CN-NSLPE-v5” program in FPRS, will need to submit an FNS-674 to their regional office POC. The FNS-674 can be found on the FPRS Welcome page.

Questions regarding this announcement should be directed to the appropriate regional office. Regional office questions should be directed to the Child Nutrition Program Monitoring and Operational Support Division.

Jessica Saracino
Program Monitoring and
Operational Support Division
Child Nutrition Programs
Lynn Rodgers-Kuperman
Grants and Fiscal Policy Division
Financial Management


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