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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) provides grants to the IL State Board of Education to provide equipment assistance through competitive grants to districts/sponsors participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Funds allocated for this program are intended to assist schools in purchasing equipment to serve healthier meals, improve food safety, and expand access.



The deadline to submit an application for this grant is Monday, December 18, 2023 at 4:00 pm.

Illinois School Food Authorities may request up to $50,000 to replace, renovate, or purchase new school food service equipment that is needed for National School Lunch Program / School Breakfast Program operations, which enables them to serve healthier program meals; improve food safety; and/or support expansion or establishment of the School Breakfast Program.

For full details and requirements, see the Notice of Funding Opportunity/Request for Proposals:

Application Packet​:


Send the completed application packet to the NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant program contact.

Program Contact: EMILY DURBIN

​​Previously Awarded Schools

Schools that have received a NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant for any year since FY2009 are included in the Previously Awarded Schools listingPDF Document.​​​​​​​

Grant Reports

2023 NSLP (ARPA) Equipment Assistance Grant Forms

Schools that were awarded FY23 (ARPA) NSLP Equipment Assistance Grants should use the following forms to submit required progress reports and claim for reimbursement.


​​Please visit our General Procurement website for more procurement resources including:
  • A dropdown specific to purchasing Equipment which includes a list of pre-approved equipment, a request for any equipment that was not on the pre-approved list and documentation that must be completed and maintained for all equipment purchases that will be required during Procurement Reviews.
  • Procurement resources
  • Procurement rules, regulations and Q&A’s
  • Other general procurement requirements
  • Procurement Method Fact Sheets

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