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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 as well as technical assistance for school districts, traditional public schools, charter schools, BOCES, and the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind.
The FY21-22 BEST Grant application is now closed.
Applicants may view their FY21-22 BEST Grant Application submissions HERE.
Mark your calendars, the CCAB Grant Application Review meetings will be held May 19-21, location and additional details TBD.
Governor Declared Emergency
Pursuant to C.R.S 22-43.7-109(8)(b) A "public school facility emergency" means an unanticipated event that makes all or a significant portion of a public school facility unusable for educational purposes or threatens the health or safety of persons using the public school facility.
Emergency Grants to Resolve Ventilation Issues
COVID-19 has presented significant challenges to our education systems. While there are many facets to address in support of operating schools as a safe environment, proper ventilation, filtration, and air circulation is crucial for healthy buildings.
Funds may be available for the purpose of improving ventilation and filtration systems in Colorado’s school districts, charter schools, institute charter schools, BOCES, and the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind, in response to the COVID-19 emergency.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE EMERGENCY GRANT PROCESS AND ACCESS THE APPLICATION HERE
Opportunities and Announcements:
- The next CCAB meeting will be May 19-21, 2021. This meeting will be held virtually. More details TBA.
- Congratulations to Board Chair, Scott Stevens and Vice Chair, Jane Crisler for their recent re-appointment to the CCAB. Scott and Jane were re-appointed by the Governor to serve an additional two-year term.
- Congratulations to board member Michael Wailes who was recently re-appointed to the CCAB to serve an additional two-year term. Michael was re-appointed by the State Board of Education.
- The BEST FY2021-22 Match Percentages are now available.
Do you want to receive Division announcements and updates, including design and construction procurement notices from participating schools? Join the CCA email list!
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.