SFA Equipment Grant
2018 National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grants for School Food Authorities   

Award amount: $1,000+

Application period: December 4, 8:00 a.m. – January 11, 7:00 p.m., CST

Update: The 2018 NSLP Equipment Grant list of initial awardees is posted.

Awardees will also receive written notification of their award during the upcoming weeks. Contracting entities that did not receive an award will not receive notification. Questions about the NSLP Equipment Grant may be sent to PO.BOps@TexasAgriculture.gov.

Application web portal

Equipment Grant Application Process

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) will competitively award kitchen equipment assistance grants for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) participants. These kitchen equipment assistance grants will allow School Food Authorities (SFAs) to purchase nonexpendable, tangible kitchen equipment with a useful life of more than one year. New for the 2018 NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant, the minimum per-unit acquisition cost has been reduced to $1,000 (previously $5,000). TDA will use a competitive grant process to distribute awards to Texas schools that best fit the consideration requirements.

The application period is December 4, 2018, through January 11, 2019. All applications must be submitted through the application web portal. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. TDA will evaluate the applications and plans to announce awards in early February 2019. 

Eligible schools must participate in NSLP and have at least 50 percent of enrolled students eligible for free or reduced price meals. School sites that did not receive an award from a previous American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) or NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant will have priority in for being awarded a 2018 NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant. 

Scoring will consider:

  • Access to other financial resources to acquire equipment
  • Age of food service equipment being replaced
  • The proposed equipment’s potential impact on improving meal quality, such as if it improves: 
    • the safety of the food served in the school meals served,
    • overall energy efficiency of the school food service operations, or
    • NSLP or SBP participation rates.
  • The equipment’s role in a larger strategy for adopting smarter lunchrooms (lunchroom changes that provide more convenience and appeal to the student population, highlighting healthier choices, redesigning menus that target healthier entrees/options).

Click to see an overview of the scoring criteria  and specific equipment score values. Click here to learn more about how the equipment score values are determined.

2017 National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grants for School Food Authorities  Maximize 

2014, 2015 and 2016 Equipment Grant Recipients  Minimize 


*** Texas recently reallocated some of the unused balance of the 2016 NSLP Equipment Grant award. ***

Click here to see a complete list of 2016 Additional Award recipients - July 2018 
Click here to see a complete list of 2016 Additional Award recipients - September 2018

Congratulations to all the recipients of National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grants for School Food Authorities in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Funds from these grants will allow Texas to continue providing excellent customer service while serving young Texans the nutritious food they need to succeed. 

  • Click here to see a complete list of 2016 recipients.
  • Click here to see a complete list of 2015 recipients.
  • Click here to see a complete list of 2015 Additional Award recipients in 2016
  • Click here to see a complete list of 2014 recipients.
  • Click here to see a complete list of 2014 Additional Award recipients in 2016


Reimbursement Procedures

Information on reimbursement procedures can be downloaded in Word or PDF formats below:

To receive reimbursement for approved purchases, please provide the following forms to TDA:



Return the required information to:


Texas Department of Agriculture

Food and Nutrition Division, Business Operations

P.O. Box 12847

Austin, Texas 78711-2847


Additionally, please ensure your registration status is active in the System of Award Management (SAM) before grant funds can be distributed. Please check www.SAM.gov to check your status and follow the instructions given if you need to reactivate your SFA’s status.

*To access the equipment grant application, you need the user name and password emailed to your Child Nutrition Director.

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