School Construction Assistance Program
School Facilities & Organization
The School Construction Assistance Program (SCAP) provides funding assistance to school districts that are undertaking a major new construction or modernization project.
Projects must meet eligibility requirements based on age and condition for modernization and a need for more space for new construction.
School districts are responsible to secure local funding for construction projects. If eligible, the State provides partial funding based on formulas, allowances, and costs related to certain aspects of a construction project called recognized project costs.
How Does State Assistance Work?
- Overview: The SCAP Folio offers a quick summary of the program.
- Click here for SCAP 101 an overview of key funding drivers for state funding assistance.
- More detailed: The School Construction Assistance Summary Handbook provides guidance on different phases of planning, design, and construction.
- Very detailed: The School Facilities Manual outlines the process of planning, design, construction, maintenance, and operation of school facilities and detailed information about SCAP.
- SCAP slideshow presentation for school districts to customize and use to present to school boards.
Funding Formula Drivers
- Enrollment (Cohort) Projections Report 1049
- Construction Cost Allocation
- State Funding Assistance Percentages
Commonly Asked Questions
- Project Approval Schedule
- Long-range plans: A list of approved Study and Survey grants.
- Past & current projects: A list of past and current projects that have received or are currently receiving state funding assistance.
- Past and current data tables: 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010
- Future projects: Projects that have approved applications to receive state funding assistance.
- Construction Procurement Methods: most common methods and summary of average square foot cost for construction at time of bid.
Recent amendments to Chapter 28A.335.010 RCW now requires all school districts to consider certain design features when constructing or modernizing schools. Please see School Facility Design Safety Guidance for more information.
Note: All projects, including Local and state funded, are required to consider these design features.
Certified Building Condition Assessments (BCA)
To be qualified to perform certified building condition assessments for study and surveys and asset preservation program buildings, consultants must attend an OSPI Certified Building Condition Assessment training. The training is required for all consultants who will work with school districts to complete Inventory and Building Condition Assessments. If you need to be certified, please contact School Facilities at (360) 725-6265.
Technical assistance in facilities planning and obtaining state assistance for construction is available from the Regional Coordinators. They are the primary point of contact for school districts that are in the process of developing capital programs and gaining financial assistance from the state to expand or modernize school facilities.
Do prekindergarten facilities qualify for SCAP funding?
The School Construction Assistance Program (SCAP) provides state funding for school construction based on a funding formula. Most simply explained, this formula looks at K-12 enrollment and assigns a certain amount of building square footage for each grade grouping. The state provides a construction cost allocation (per square foot) for the allocated space. Special education students receive a different allotment of square footage for preschool through grade 12. This funding formula is intended to provide space for K-12 and the special education program (to include special education pre-school) in common schools. This funding is not available for non-special education preschool programs.
Is it legal/allowable for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to use capital levies or capital bonds for the purpose of expanding facilities to operate preschools, specifically ECEAP or other non-special education preschool programs? Are there different rules for renovation, purchase, or construction of facilities?
Local school districts are provided the flexibility to spend their capital funds (for new construction, modernization, and expansion) to meet the local communities needs as approved by the local school board. OSPI provides accounting and rules for these funds, but does not have the authority to limit local decision-making in this realm. There are multiple statutes that provide direction to school districts about early learning, capital funds, and bond expenses. Collectively, these statues provide the authority for school districts to provide early learning spaces with their local funds.
- RCW 28A.215.010 broadly authorizes school boards to operate preschool programs, including ECEAP-contracted programs, in their school districts.
- RCW 28A.320.330(2) spells out the allowable expenditures for school district capital funds, including "for the purposes described in RCW 28A.530.010."
- RCW 28A.530.010 (2) allows districts to issue bonds, "For the purchase of sites for all buildings, playgrounds, physical education and athletic facilities and structures authorized by law or necessary or proper to carry out the functions of a school district."
From this, we believe funds raised for capital projects under RCW 28A.320.330 can be used to pay for local school board-approved ECEAP facilities.