Districts, Schools and Educators

National School Lunch Program Equipment Competitive Grant Opportunity – State Fiscal Year 20 – Federal Fiscal Year 19

The purpose of this competitive grant opportunity, made available from funding for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is for school food authorities (SFAs) in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) in Minnesota to purchase new equipment that is needed to serve healthier meals, improve food safety and expand access to school meals.

CDFA: 10.579

Total amount available: $391,786.88

Minimum grant amount: $3,000

Maximum grant amount: $25,000

Submit all required material to be submitted through Survey Gizmo.


Grant opportunity published: December 16, 2019

Question and Answer period closes: January 15, 2020, by 4 p.m. central time

Completed applications due: January 24, 2020 no later than 11:59 p.m. central time

Anticipated date of grantee announcement: Early March 2020

Anticipated date for the beginning of the grant: April 1, 2020

Required Grant Documentation

All documentation below is required for a complete grant.

Instruction Document

  • This document contains all the information you will need to complete this grant application, including our criteria for the grant, how to apply, and the selection process.

Application Worksheet

  • This is a worksheet to assist you in completing the official application. It contains the information you will need to complete the application on Survey Gizmo.


  • These are the official assurances for this grant. Please download, review and sign. The completed document must be attached to your application submission. An incomplete application submission may cause delay.

Survey Gizmo Application

  • When you have gathered all the required information, and are ready to submit you application, please use the Survey Gizmo to complete and submit your application. There will be spots for you to upload your specifications, quotes, and assurances. Only complete applications, received through the Survey Gizmo, by January 24, 2020, 11:59 p.m. central time will be considered for the grant. NOTE: if you are in the process of completing and uploading your application at that time of the deadline and have not submitted your completed application, your work will be lost, so it is best to start early.

Question and Answers

Question and Answer Document

  • The question and answer period is now closed. We received 13 questions by the deadline.

Informational Webinar

We held two informational webinars on December 23, 2019, and January 7, 2020. This webinar went over the criteria for the grant. We did not record these webinars, however any questions that we received from either webinar is be published in the question and answer document. The presentation from each webinar was the same.

Webinar login information for December 23, 2019

Topic: Equipment Grant Process for School Nutrition Programs

Host: Food Nutrition

Date: Monday, December 23, 2019

Time: 3:00 pm, Central Time

Session number: 962 935 492

Session password: 1234

To join the training session:

  1. Go to First Informational Webinar Session
  2. Enter your name and email address
  3. Enter the session password: 1234
  4. Click "Join Now"
  5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

Webinar login information for January 7, 2020

Topic: Equipment Grant Process for School Nutrition Programs

Host: Food Nutrition

Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Time: 10:00 am, Central Time

Session Number: Not Available

Registration password: This session does not require a registration password.

To register for this training session

Go to Second Information Webinar Session and register.