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NSLP Equipment Grant

NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant


The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) competitively awards U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service Equipment Assistance Grants to eligible Sponsor’s participating in the National School Lunch Program. These funds allow Sponsors to:

  • Serve healthier school meals that meet the meal patterns with emphasis on more fruits and vegetables.
  • Improve food safety.
  • Support the establishment, maintenance, or expansion of the School Breakfast Program.

Who Can Apply? 

 Any Sponsor participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) including:

  • Public School Districts
  • Public School Academies
  • Intermediate School Districts
  • Nonpublic School Districts
  • Residential Childcare Institutions

If you have applied for the 10 Cents a Meal for Michigan’s Kids and Farms grant – consider leveraging an equipment purchase to support cleaning, preparing, storing, or freezing Michigan grown fruits, vegetables, and legumes. Michigan produce can be served outside of the growing season if it is dried or frozen.

NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant 2025

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, provided $30 million to the USDA Food and Nutrition Service for the purpose of equipment assistance grant. MDE received $767,096 for distribution to eligible Sponsors participating in the National School Lunch Program (SP 18-2023).

How to Apply

The grant application is now open in NexSys via MiLogin. Please review Administrative Memo No. 7 for detailed application instructions.

Important Information

Assurances and Certifications

Guide to Complete the NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant Application

CNP: NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant 2025

 Important Dates

 Application opens - May 13th

Application closes June 21st at 4:00 pm EST

Applicants notified of awards - July 15th (tentative)

CNP: NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant 2024

2024 Applicants Recommended for Funding

2024 Applicants Not Recommended for Funding

CNP: NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant 2023 

2023 Applicants Recommended for Funding - Updated 11/2022

2023 Applicants Not Recommended for Funding - Updated 11/2022


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USDA Program Guidance

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