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THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234

Office of P-20 Education Policy
Child Nutrition Program Administration
89 Washington Avenue, Room 375 EBA, Albany, NY 12234
Phone: (518) 473-8781 Fax: (518) 473-0018

To: 
School Food Service Directors/Managers
From: 
Paula Tyner-Doyle, Coordinator
Date: 
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Subject: 
Updated Request for Proposals (RFP) for FY 2016 National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grants for School Food Authorities (SFAs)

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has amended the language in the following sections of the Request for Proposals (RFP) # GC17-013 – FY 2016 National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grants for School Food Authorities:

  • Announcement of Funding Opportunity
    • Ineligible Applicants (eliminated)
    • Eligible Applicants (expanded)Dates for application deadline, Q&A, and NOI
  • Guidance Manual
    • Introduction
    • Eligible Applicants
    • Priority Funding
  • Selection Criteria Form
    • Bonus Points

The revised RFP will permit SFAs to apply for an equipment grant(s) on behalf of its eligible Recipient Agencies (RAs), which has been expanded to include RAs that have received a previous grant award through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Food Service Equipment Grant, the FY 2010 Equipment Assistance Grant, the FY 2014 Equipment Assistance Grant, and the FY 2015 National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grant for School Food Authorities.

While previously awarded RAs are eligible through this opportunity, priority will be given to RAs that have not received an equipment grant award in the past. Applications submitted for RAs that have not been awarded equipment grant award will receive an additional ten (10) bonus points toward their overall technical score.

With this revision, NYSED is extending the application deadline to November 2, 2016 to allow SFAs an opportunity to submit additional applications. All other requirements and conditions remain as indicated in the RFP.

If the SFA has already submitted a FS-10 – Proposed Budget for a Federal or State Project for one or more equipment grant applications for this opportunity, it is not necessary to submit another FS-10 to include additional grant requests. NYSED will adjust the FS-10 should the SFA be awarded an equipment grant(s).

The revised RFP is available here: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/funding/currentapps.html#nslp-2016.

Please direct any questions regarding this RFP to foodequip@nysed.gov.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)     mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
         Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
         1400 Independence Avenue, SW
         Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)     fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)     email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Los demás programas de asistencia nutricional del FNS, las agencias estatales y locales, y sus beneficiarios secundarios, deben publicar el siguiente Aviso de No Discriminación:

De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en ingles), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de seas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en linea en:http://www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2012/Spanish_Form_508_Compliant_6_8_12_0.pdf. y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:

(1)     correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture
         Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
         1400 Independence Avenue, SW
         Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)     fax: (202) 690-7442; o

(3)     correo electrónicoprogram.intake@usda.gov.

Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.

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