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23 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333-0023
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USDA Equipment Grant 2014




Longley Elementary School

RUS 17

Guy Rowe Elementary School

RSU 86/MSAD 20

Ft Fairfield Elementary School

RSU 11

River View Community School

RSU 61

Lake Region Middle School


Community High School


Waterville High School

RSU 53

District Wide

RSU 34

Leonard Middle School

RSU 74

Carrabec High School

RSU 03


RSU 13


Deer Isle-Stonington HS

High School


Food Service Equipment Grant Criteria:

  • Cost must be $5,000 or greater per piece of equipment.
  • Priority must be given to schools exceeding 50% or more free and reduced eligibility.
  • Funding requests may include installation and transportation.
  • Finding is intended only for lunch program equipment. However, other National School Lunch programs can benefit from it.
  • The school is ineligible if the school received Federal equipment assistance funds previously (eg ARRA and the FY 2010 Agriculture Appropriations Act). Previously Awarded Schools .pdf

Time Line and Deadlines

  • Application and application supplement page returned by close of business April 30, 2014.
  • DOE to make awards by June 1, 2014.
  • Award letters out June 1, 2014.
  • SFA Equipment grant agreement returned to DOE before payment.
  • August 1st all paperwork / claims/agreement received by DOE.
  • All payments made by October 15, 2014.
  • DOE submits final report to the USDA.


Think about this when planning the equipment purchasing. How can the school:

  • Improve quality of the meals for our students
  • Improve food safety for our students
  • Become more efficient


Q. Does the piece of equipment need to cost $5000?

A. Yes equipment is defined as $5,000 per unit.

Q. Can I bundle equipment to obtain the $5000 minimum?

A. No, it must be per unit.

Q.  Is there a list of 50% or more free and reduced eligible schools somewhere?

A. We use the current ED534 report that is on line.  This information is reported to us from the local district.

Q.  Can I ask for an extension of filing the application?

A.  No, the timeline is so tight the flexibility has been removed. 


Contact David Hartley 624-6878 with questions.