School Facilities Grants & Funding Resources
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Other Grants & Funding Resources

Emergency Repair Pool
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.

Energy Grants (closed)
The 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.

Healthy Kids–Healthy Schools Grants (closed)
The 2015–17 capital budget appropriated $5 million dollars that focuses on nutrition, physical education and physical activity, and water bottle filling stations.

K–3 Class Size Reduction Grants (closed)
The 2015 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.

Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZAB)
Provides interest-free bonds for facility repair, and renovation also technology and teacher curricula.

Options to Acquire or Lease State Trust Lands
State trust lands are managed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to benefit specific beneficiaries.

STEM Grants (closed)
The 2015 Legislature provided $12,500,000 in competitive grant capital funds. This pilot grant project will provide funding to school districts to construct or modernize science and science lab classrooms.

External Funding Resources

Energy Efficiency and Solar Grant Program
Commerce received a $25,000,000 appropriation in the 2015–17 state Capital budget to continue the Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants program.

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.

Energy Incentive Programs
Many Washington State utilities offer rebates and incentives for energy conservation and renewable energy projects in existing buildings and new construction. You can also contact your local utility for specific utility incentives in your area. 

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.

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

Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECB)
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 expanded the funding for the Qualified Energy Conservation Bond program. Washington State Department of Commerce will be allocating authority for approximately $68 million of bonds through this program.

USDA Rural Developments Loans and Grants
This program offers both loans and grants for community facilities for public use in rural areas.



   Updated 4/1/2016

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