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A branch of CDE, the Division of Capital Construction has developed a series of programs and resources for capital construction funding and technical assistance for school districts, traditional public schools, charter schools, BOCES, and the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind.

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FY2020-21 Grant Cycle Update:

Thank you to BOCES, charter and district schools that participated in the Fiscal Year 20-21 BEST Grant Review meeting. The School Finance Act and Long Bill have been finalized. You can see the list of awarded grants and backup grants HERE. BEST grants will be awarded to 36 projects with a total construction cost of $234,957,051.

Many projects are still dependent on local bond initiatives this November. Therefore, all projects on the prioritized list below the current funding line are considered backups and will be eligible for funding if higher prioritized projects are not successful acquiring their match and enough funds remain for the applicant to move forward.


Opportunities and Announcements:

  • The Colorado Department of Education’s Capital Construction Assistance Board (the Building Excellent Schools Today Grant Program) has two upcoming vacancies—both for a member who is a school facilities planner or manager at the time of appointment or has recent experience as a school facilities planner or manager. Board members serve a maximum of three two-year terms.
    One position will be appointed by the Speaker of the House, as early as Friday, July 31. One will be appointed by the State Board of Education as late as Sept. 10.
    • Learn more about the Capital Construction Assistance Board HERE.
    • If you have any questions, or wish to apply for the position, please submit a letter of intent and resume to Andy Stine, Director of Capital Construction, at: stine_a@cde.state.co.us by Friday, July 24, 2020.
  • The Capital Construction Assistance Board will not meet in July. The CCAB will hold it's annual retreat on August 12th-13th. Additional details will be provided as they become available. 

BEST Video

Happy ten-year anniversary to the Building Excellent Schools Today grant program!

Since 2008 BEST has awarded approximately $2.5 billion in grants to more than 525 Colorado schools, improving health, safety and security for nearly 300,000 students.

With funding from The Colorado State Land Board, Colorado Lottery, marijuana excise tax, and local matching dollars, BEST continues to improve Colorado's educational environments through capital construction projects helping schools to realize CDE's vision that "All students graduate ready for college and careers, and are prepared to be productive citizens of Colorado."


For more information or if an alternative version of a document is needed, please contact BESTSchools@cde.state.co.us or call 303-866-2153.