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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2016

School Nutrition Equipment Assistance for High Need Districts
Fund Code: 722

Purpose:The purpose of the School Nutrition Equipment Assistance Grant for High Need Districts is to encourage eligible schools to increase their capacity to serve healthier meals that meet the 2014-2015 USDA meal pattern as part of participating in the National School Lunch Program.
Priorities:Schools that have 50 percent or more students eligible for free and reduced- priced meals and did not receive a School Nutrition Equipment Assistance for High Need Districts grant in 2010 (ARRA), 2011 (USDA), or FY14, FY15 (USDA).
Eligibility:School districts that participate in the National School Lunch Program during the 2014-2015 school year and are in good standing with the Child Nutrition Program reporting requirements may apply for schools where at least 50 percent of the students are eligible for free and reduced-priced meals. Schools must be in compliance with the new meal pattern regulations.
Funding:$340,637 is available to support grant awards up to $20,000 per school. The Department will award 20 to 30 competitive grants.
Fund Use:In general, the funds may be used for purchasing equipment for the implementation of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) in (and only in) the specific school requesting the grant. Examples include equipment for heating, cooking, holding, serving, and refrigeration of foods used in the NSLP. The grant funds can be used for installation and delivery costs of the equipment purchased. If the equipment purchased for the school is ever sold, the proceeds must be returned to the School's Nutrition Program Account.
Project Duration:Upon approval to 6/30/2016
Program Unit:Nutrition, Health, and Safety Programs
Contact:Kerry Callahan kerryc@doe.mass.edu
Phone Number:(781) 338-6462
Date Due:Friday, August 14, 2015

Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
Required Forms:
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Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
Download Excel Document
Part II - Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.)
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Part III - Required Program Information
Additional Information:
  1. All equipment purchased with these grants funds must be tagged with a label identifying it as being purchased with FY16 USDA School Nutrition Assistance Grant Funds.

  2. Definition of Equipment is $5,000 and over, meeting both the State and Federal capitalization threshold.

  3. Awardees (SFAs) are required to report the following data to the State Agency for inclusion in the quarterly progress activity reports to USDA?

    • Progress made in expending funds
    • Types of equipment purchased
    • Accomplishments and challenges in expenditure activities
    • Impact on the school food service operation of purchased equipment
    • Reason(s) for any unliquidated funds
    • Potential return of equipment

Submission Instructions: Submit three (3) sets, each with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director.

Mail to:

Kerry Callahan
Nutrition, Health and Safety Programs
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street



Last Updated: June 18, 2015
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