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BEST Grant Program
Established in 2008 with the signing of C.R.S.22-43.7, BEST provides an annual amount of funding in the form of competitive grants to school districts, charter schools, institute charter schools, boards of cooperative educational services, and the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind. BEST funds can be used for the construction of new schools as well as general construction and renovation of existing school facility systems and structures.
The FY21-22 grant round is now OPEN through February 5, 2021.
Please Note: The deadline for intent to apply for FY21-22 was November 30th. Please contact Regional Program Manager if you missed this deadline and wish to apply.
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."
2021-2022 BEST Grant Cycle
*No later than November 30: All Districts and Charter Schools must notify BEST of intent to apply
BEST Legislative Reports
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.