Equipment Grants

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Agriculture Appropriations Act awarded the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) $30 million to distribute to State Agencies for the purpose of awarding equipment assistance grants (EAG). Nebraska received $169,825 for equipment assistance to eligible school food authorities (SFA) participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Funds will be distributed through a competitive grant process.

To ensure all available grant funds are allocated to SFAs, Nutrition Services is releasing the grant application to all qualifying schools participating in the NSLP. SFAs that have a Net Cash Resource (more than three months operating expenses in the non-profit school food service account) are not eligible to apply for this grant. NDE encourages these SFAs to consider using the Net Cash Resource to purchase new or replace existing equipment.

Grant Application and Award Timeline

September 30, 2020 by 5:00pm (CST): Applications must be postmarked by this date to be submitted to NDE.

October 4-16, 2020: NDE’s review and scoring of all submitted applications.

October 19, 2020: Notification of grant awards and denials sent to SFAs.

June 30, 2022: All grant funds must be fully expended.

Grant Awardee Information

  • 2019 Equipment Assistance Grant Webinar Recording
    • Nutrition Services offered a webinar providing guidance for those seeking reimbursement as part of the 2019 Equipment Assistance Grant.
Updated September 21, 2020 8:27am