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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2012

Summer Food Service Program Expansion Grant for Existing Sponsors
Fund Code: 542

Purpose: The purpose of this state-funded grant program is to encourage school districts and previous sponsors of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) to increase participation in the program by serving more children per day and to extend the length of the Summer Food Service Program.
Priorities: Priorities are to:
  1. increase participation of students by increasing Average Daily Participation by:
    1. involving a range of community members (city government, parks, recreation departments, community agencies, school constituents, students, teachers, administrators, food service staff, and families); and
    2. planning to expand other activities at the Food Service site;
  2. extend the length of the SFSP for the full summer vacation;
  3. increase the number of days the program is operational;
  4. provide training to site supervisors;
  5. increase the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains in the meal service; and
  6. support School Food Authorities (SFA) that offer school breakfast and after school snack programs during the academic year.*

    * high priority
Eligibility: School Food Authorities eligible to sponsor Summer Food Service Programs and returning Summer Food Program Sponsors may apply.
Funding: Approximately $315,000 is available. The funds are prioritized for districts with high levels of students (50% or higher) who are eligible for free or reduced price meals.

Previous Summer Average Daily Participation of Children:Apply for Up to:
Up to 100$ 5,000
101 - 300$10,000
301 - 500$20,000
501 - 2,000$30,000
2,001 or more$50,000
Fund Use: Funds shall be used to design and implement a plan or project that will encompass the entire summer vacation period and expand sustainable participation in the summer feeding program. Funds may be used for outreach expense. An outreach intern may be hired. Costs associated with the marketing or publicizing the availability of the SFSP or activities to promote participation in the SFSP; and/or to provide training for site supervisors; and/or to purchase equipment necessary for food safety transportation, heating, cooking, holding, serving, packaging, and refrigeration/freezing of foods used in the SFSP may be requested. If funding is requested for equipment that will be needed in the lunch program, the school should pro-rate the cost to reflect its use for summers. If the use will be for the school breakfast or the after school snack program, identify the proportional use of each. Awards must be encumbered by June 30, 2012.
Project Duration: Upon Approval - 6/30/2012
Program Unit: Nutrition, Health, and Safety
Contact: Kevin J. Matthews
Phone Number: (781) 338-3941
Date Due: Friday, March 16, 2012
Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
Required Forms:
  1. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
  2. Download MS EXCEL file  Part II Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.) - Instructions
  3. Download PDF document Download MS WORD Document  Part III - Required Program Information
Submission Instructions:Submit two (2) sets, each with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director. Mail to:

Kevin J. Matthews
SFSP Summer Grant Program
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906
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Last Updated: February 21, 2012
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