School Facilities Grants & Funding Resources
School Facilities & Organization
Section 5001 of Substitute Senate Bill 6090 is titled "Emergency Repairs and Equal Access Grants for K-12 Public Schools". Paragraph (3) of this section allocates "$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 skills centers, to improve compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)". Districts are limited to one grant only, not to exceed $100,000.
The 2018 Legislature appropriated $848,000 to provide career and technical education equipment grants to school districts.
The 2018 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.
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.
The Healthy Kids-Healthy Schools grant program started in the 2015-2017 biennium with a $5 million dollar appropriation from the Legislature. The program is a budget investment priority of the Healthiest Next Generation Initiative. Grants are to help schools develop health and wellness related programs and practices that directly benefit students. Awards are available for nutrition-related improvements and physical education and physical activity programs. A new category, Student Sustainability Awareness, is added as part of the $2.25 million appropriation in 2017-2019. A separate grant program, with an appropriation of $1 million dollars, is available to fund the replacement of drinking water fixtures that contribute to high lead levels in school drinking water.
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.
2018 Legislation (ESSB6095 Section 5008) provided $15,419,000 solely for grants to assist small, rural school districts with total enrollments of one thousand students or less with school facilities modernizations. The Grants are intended for districts with significant building system deficiencies and with such low property values that replacing or modernizing the school facility through the school construction assistance program would present an extraordinary tax burden on property owners or would exceed allowable debt for the district.
The 2018 Washington State Legislature appropriated $10 million in capital funding for STEM Capital Grants (SSB6090 Section 5005). Grants will be available to school districts for public school facilities servicing students in grades nine through twelve, or any combination thereof. Funds will be used to construct classrooms or labs, as additions to existing school buildings, or to modernize specialized STEM facilities.
The 2018 Washington State Legislature appropriated $3 million in capital funding for Health & Safety Urgent Repair Grants (SSB6090 Section 5001). Grants are solely for urgent repair grants to address non-reoccurring urgent small repair projects at K-12 public schools, excluding skill centers that could impact the health and safety of students and staff if not completed.
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.