The purpose of this state-funded targeted grant program is to encourage new and existing Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsors to increase participation in the program by serving more children per day, increasing total meals served, extending the length of the SFSP, and/or creating new sites. The creation of new sites will increase program availability to participants not currently receiving program services. This is solely a planning and sustainability grant.
Priorities are to:
*ADP is auto-calculated based on the monthly claim data. It is a monthly average of daily meals served for a specific meal type.
New and existing Summer Food Service Program sponsors, including School Food Authorities, government and community-based organizations may apply. Applicants proposing sites serving a significant low-income population shall receive priority consideration.
Approximately $423,000 is available. The funds are prioritized for new and existing sponsors with sites located in the vicinity of districts with a minimum of 50% of students who are eligible for free or reduced price meals. Existing sponsors must request funding using FY2020 June, July or August Sponsor claim data for meals served. The maximum funding request is based on the highest total number of first meals served during selected month in summer 2020. New SFSP sponsors must make a reasonable estimate of number of meals to be served monthly.
**Existing Sponsors: Use month with highest total number of first meals served from the June, July or August FY2020 Sponsor Claims tab. Sum total should include all meal services claimed for that month.
***New Sponsors: approximate total number of first meals served during busiest month, including all meal services. Please contact Office for Food & Nutrition Programs (FNP) for assistance.
Funding is contingent upon availability. All dollar amounts listed are estimated/approximate and are subject to change. If more funding is to become available it will be distributed under the same guideline as listed in the initial RFP document.
Grant award shall be used for costs associated with the planning of effective programs. Funds shall be used to design and support a project that will extend the program through the entire summer vacation period, expand sustainable participation in the summer feeding program and start up new sites. All goods, services and contractual duties must be delivered by June 30, 2021.
Funds may be used for, but not limited to:
Funds may not be used for:
Justification of need must be provided for requests of equipment costing over $5,000. This may be subject to approval pending review.
Goods and services must be delivered by June 30, 2021.
Upon Approval – 6/30/2021
Office for Food and Nutrition Programs
Friday, March 5, 2021
Proposals must be submitted through EdGrants by 5:00 p.m. on Friday March 5, 2021.
Nutrition Programs Website
Submit all required grant materials through EdGrants.
If you do not know your Applicant Number (LEA code/District code/Applicant code), are a potential new SFSP sponsor or have never received DESE funding before, please contact Kristen Torres or Sally Teixeira immediately to begin EdGrants registration.
In order to apply for this grant, you will need to log into EdGrants: Front Office with an assigned DESE user name and password.
Please note: It is up to the district to determine who to add as EdGrants Front Office users in order to submit grant application and make payment requests. Please review the EdGrants: User Security Controls to make informed decisions regarding assigning your district level users.
Once login information for EdGrants is obtained, register with the Funding Opportunity to create and name the grant. Please use the following naming convention for your "Applicant Project Name" in EdGrants:
FY21 542 FNP Applicant Name
All items listed under the required forms section of this RFP should be uploaded / attached in the Attachments List formlet of the Application Submission in EdGrants. This includes a signed and scanned PDF of Part I / Coversheet with Superintendent's signature as well as Schedule A form, if applicable to your district. The final requested budget must be entered directly into EdGrants as part of the application submission process.
For Guidance Documents regarding EdGrants, visit EdGrants: User Guides and Information.
Last Updated: January 5, 2021
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