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BEST Grant Program

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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.

Please Note: ALL potential FY22-23 applicants should notify BEST of intent to apply by completing a Grant Manager registration prior to November 30th. If you cannot complete the form by that date, please email to request information on how to apply this grant round.

FY2021-2022 Grant Cycle Update:

Thank you to BOCES, charter and district schools that participated in the Fiscal Year 21-22 BEST Grant Review meeting. The School Finance Act and Long Bill have been finalized. Some projects are still dependent on local bond initiatives this November.

View the list of recommended projects (Excel)

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."

BEST Resources

2021-2022 BEST Grant Cycle

BEST Legislative Reports

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