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Grants to Kentucky Schools, School Districts, and Residential Child Care Institutions for Food Service Items

National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Equipment Assistance Grant

GrantWatch ID# 169090
Agency: State

Funding Source
Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) - Division of School and Community Nutrition
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Geographic Focus
USA: Kentucky

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/16/22 4:00 PM ET Receipt

Grant Description
Grants of up to $25,000 to Kentucky public schools and districts, private schools, and residential child care institutions for the purchase, replacement, and renovation of food service items. Funding is intended to improve nutrition, food safety, and energy efficiency in underserved School Food Authorities.

These funds will be awarded via a competitive grant process to SFAs giving priority to high need schools (e.g., schools in underserved areas, schools with limited access to other resources, and age of food service equipment) where 50 percent or more of the enrolled students are eligible for free or reduced price meals. 

Equipment requests may include new equipment, renovation of equipment, or replacement of equipment. 

KDE will award subgrants to SFAs to purchase equipment needed to serve healthier meals, improve food safety, and to help support the establishment, maintenance, or expansion of the School Breakfast Program. 

Funds shall be used to purchase equipment to be used in the following ways:

  1. Equipment that lends itself to improving the nutritional quality of meals; 
  2. Equipment that improves the safety of food served in the schools;
  3. Equipment that improves overall energy efficiency of nutrition program operations; 
  4. Equipment that allows SFAs to support expanded participation in the meal service; and,
  5. Equipment installation costs.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
The competition is open only to School Food Authorities (public schools/districts, private schools, residential child care institutions) that participate in the National School Lunch Program that are at least 50% or above F/R and did not receive a prior ARRA or NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant Award. Districts that submit an application in response to this RFA must comply with Policy Memo SP 15-2019 and FNS Standard Terms and Conditions are incorporated herein by reference.

Funds may not be used for:
1. Renovation of existing kitchen or construction of a new one.
2. Equipment already paid for.
3. Point-of-sale system software or hardware; student identification system hardware or software.
4. Any administrative costs associated with applying for the grant or, if successful, implementing the grant.

Pre-Application Information
The date/time on the received application email must be on or before Friday, December 16, 2022, at 4PM.

All questions, including those pertaining to the budget, must be submitted via email by Friday, November 4, 2022 at 4PM.

All questions and responses will be posted on the KDE website on or around Friday, November 10, 2022.

Complete one application for each piece of equipment for which you are requesting grant funds. One original and one blind copy shall be submitted for each application.

Payments will be made on a reimbursement basis up to the award amount.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
No grant will be awarded for greater than $25,000 per school.

Term of Contract
The SFA must have the ability to complete their procurement and expenditure activities by the end of FFY23 (September 30, 2024).

Contact Information
Submit application, and all questions in writing, to:
Kentucky Department of Education

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

Division of Budget and Financial Management
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-2351

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