Grants & Funding Resources
The 2019 Legislature appropriated $1,000,000 of the state building construction account solely for equal access grants for facility repairs and alterations at K-12 public schools, including skill centers, to improve compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA).
The 2019 Legislature appropriated $1,000,000 for districts to purchase and install career and technical education equipment that expands work-integrated learning opportunities.
The 2019 Legislature appropriated $2,000,000 solely to address unexpected and imminent health and safety hazards at K-12 public schools, including skill centers, that will impact the day-to-day operations of the school facility.
The 2019 Legislature appropriated $3,250,000 to help schools remove barriers to improving student health and nutrition.
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.
Provides interest-free bonds for facility repair, and renovation also technology and teacher curricula.
State trust lands are managed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to benefit specific beneficiaries.
The 2019 Legislature appropriated $19.8 million to assist small school districts with significant building deficiencies. This grant is limited to school districts with total enrollments of one thousand students or less.
STEM Grants (closed)
The 2018 Washington State Legislature appropriated $10 million in capital funding for STEM Capital Grants (SSB6090 Section 5005). Funds will be used to construct classrooms or labs, as additions to existing school buildings, or to modernize specialized STEM facilities.
The 2019 Legislature appropriated $3,000,000 for urgent repair grants to address nonrecurring, urgent repair projects at K-12 public schools, excluding skill centers, that could impact the health and safety of students and staff.
External Funding Resources
The state Department of Commerce manages an energy efficiency and solar grant fund program for energy and operational cost savings at state public higher education institutions, local government facilities, state agencies and kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12) public school districts. Grant funds are provided through the state capital budget. This program is awarded through a competitive process.
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.
DSIRE is a free and open resource, providing valuable information on thousands of policies and incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency across the states. You can also contact your local utility direct for specific utility incentives in your area.
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.
Provides credit enhancement to voter-approved general obligation bonds issued by a school district.
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.
This program offers both loans and grants for community facilities for public use in rural areas.