Equipment Grants


The Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Agriculture Appropriations Act awarded the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) $30,000,000 to distribute to State Agencies for the purpose of awarding equipment assistance grants (EAG). Nebraska received $159,762 for equipment assistance to eligible school food authorities (SFA) participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). The Nebraska Department of Education – Nutrition Services would like to award grants to as many eligible SFAs as possible.

The grant funds will allow SFAs to purchase equipment to serve healthier meals that meet the updated meal patterns, with emphasis on offering more fruits and vegetables in school meals, improving food safety and expanding access to the program.

To ensure all available grant funds are allocated to SFAs, Nutrition Services is releasing the grant application to all applicable schools participating in the NSLP. Districts 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 considering using the Net Cash Resource to purchase new or replace existing equipment.

Grant application review and awards will be based on the following priority criteria:

Priority 1:  School buildings in which 50 percent or more of the enrolled students were eligible for free or reduced priced meals, high need schools (e.g. schools in under served areas such as rural areas not close to major metropolitan areas), schools with limited access to other resources, and age of food service equipment.

Priority 2:   School buildings in which 50 percent or more of the enrolled students were eligible for free or reduced price meals, that were previously awarded equipment grant funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 or the FY 2010, FY 2013, FY 2014, FY 2015, FY 2016, or FY 2017 Agricultural Appropriations Act.

Priority 3:  School buildings in which less than 50% of the enrolled students were eligible for free or reduced price meals.

Note: Free and reduced percentages are based on the October 2018 meal claims.

FY 2018 Equipment Assistance Grant Application

The grant application period is now closed.

August 23, 2019 by 5:00pm (CST)

August 26-30, 2019

September 5-6, 2019

September 9, 2019

September 30, 2020

Applications must be postmarked to be submitted to NDE.

NDE’s review and scoring of all submitted applications.

Request to award SFAs will be presented to NE State Board of Education for approval. (Note: State Board of Education does not meet during the month of July.)

Notification of grant awards sent to SFAs. Additionally, SFAs not awarded will be notified.

All grant funds must be fully expended.

FY 2019 Equipment Assistance Grant Application

Opening Fall 2019

Updated August 26, 2019 2:34pm