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School Facilities Grants & Funding Resources

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Emergency Repair Pool for K–12 Schools

The 2015 Legislature appropriated $5 million to address unexpected and imminent health and safety hazards at K–12 public schools, including skill centers, which will impact day-to-day operations of the school facility.

Eligible projects/school districts: District must evoke an emergency declaration/resolution signed by the school district board of directors and submitted to the Office of Financial Management (OFM) through OSPI.

Scott Black
360-725-6268
scott.black@k12.wa.us

Energy Grants Program

The state legislature provided $133 million in state capital funds for energy operational cost saving projects in K-12 schools. Visit the webpage for details about each round of the grant program.

Nancy Johns
360-725-4973
nancy.johns@k12.wa.us

Healthy Kids-Healthy Schools Grant

This competitive grant program is one of the 2015–17 budget investments identified in the Governor’s 2015 Healthiest Next Generation Initiative. The 2015-2017 capital budget appropriated $5 million dollars to Healthy Kids–Healthy Schools grants that focus on nutrition, physical education and physical activity and water bottle filling stations.

Eligible projects/school districts: All districts are eligible to apply. Districts with a high percentage of free and reduced lunch program students will be given priority. There is no district match required.

Nancy Johns
360-725-4973
nancy.johns@k12.wa.us

K-3 Class Size Reduction Grants

The Legislature provided $200 million in competitive grant capital funds that school districts can apply for to help achieve progress towards class size reduction and all-day Kindergarten goals.

Eligible projects/school districts: Now through December 1, 2015, districts must certify a count and usage of all K–3 classrooms and other teaching stations in OSPI’s Information and Condition of Schools (ICOS) system.

Tom Carver
360-725-6269
tom.carver@k12.wa.us

Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZAB)

Provides interest-free bonds for facility repair, and renovation also technology and teacher curricula.

Eligible projects/school districts: Requires a 10% private partnership match AND for the school to be located in an empowerment zone or have 30% free and reduced lunch participation.

School Facilities & Organization
360-725-6265
school.facilities@k12.wa.us

School Construction Assistance Program (SCAP)

The School Construction Assistance Program (SCAP) assists school districts with funding for new construction and modernization of existing buildings.

Eligible projects/school districts: Projects must meet eligibility requirements based on age and condition for modernization and a need for more space for new construction. Contact an OSPI regional coordinator for specific eligibility in your district.

School Facilities & Organization Regional Coordinator 360-725-6265

STEM Grants

The Legislature provided $12,500,000 in competitive grant capital funds.

Eligible projects/school districts: All districts are eligible to apply. This pilot grant project will provide funding to school districts to construct or modernize science and science lab classrooms. Each district is limited to one grant award of no more than $4,000,000. Districts may use the grant award for multiple projects.

Scott Black
360-725-6268
scott.black@k12.wa.us

or

Justin Rogers
360-725-6221
justin.rogers@k12.wa.us

 

External Grants & Funding Resources

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Program Description

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Impact Aid Construction Grants (Sec. 8007)

Section 8007(a) provides formula grants to the local school districts based on the number of eligible federally connected children they educate.
Section 8007(b) provides competitive grants for emergency repairs and modernization.

Eligible projects/school districts: Construction grants go to local school districts that educate high percentages of certain federally connected children — both children living on Indian lands and children of members of the uniformed services.

U.S. Department of Education
Office of Elementary & Secondary Education
202-401-0113
oese@ed.gov

Incentives for Renewable Energy and Efficiency

Many Washington State utilities offer rebates and incentives for energy conservation and renewable energy projects in existing buildings and new construction.

Eligible projects/school districts: Construction grants go to local school districts that educate high percentages of certain federally connected children — both children living on Indian lands and children of members of the uniformed services.

Contact your local utility for specific utility incentives in your area.

U.S. Department of Energy
national database of state incentives
http://energy.gov/eere/femp/energy-incentive-programs-washington

Local Option Capital Asset Lending (LOCAL)

School districts can finance equipment or real estate needs through the State Treasurer's office LOCAL program. LOCAL loans are subject to existing debt limitations and financial considerations. The LOCAL program is simple and provides very low cost financing.

Eligible projects/school districts: School districts looking for a method to finance smaller issuances of debt. Projects funded can include school buses, construction projects, HVAC systems, computers, office furniture, copiers, vacant land, portable classrooms and energy projects.

Office of the State Treasurer
LOCAL Program
Wendy Kancianich
360-902-9022
wendy.kancianich@tre.wa.gov

School Bond Guarantee Program

Provides credit enhancement to voter-approved general obligation bonds issued by a school district.

Eligible projects/school districts: School districts planning on issuing general obligation bonds in need of credit enhancement.

Office of the State Treasurer
School Bond Guarantee Program
Michael Bennion
360-902-9024
michael.bennion@tre.wa.gov

USDA Rural Developments Loans and Grants

This program offers both loans and grants for community facilities for public use in rural areas.

Eligible projects/school districts: School districts in communities with populations up to 20,000.

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
Community Programs Rural Development
Mario Villanueva
360-704-7740
www.rd.usda.gov/wa

 

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