Funding Opportunities

Education Facilities Clearinghouse Program

The purpose of this U.S. Department of Education program is to provide technical assistance and training on the planning, design, financing, procurement, construction, improvement, operation, and maintenance of safe, healthy, and high-performing elementary and secondary education facilities.  The deadline for applications for this cooperative agreement is August 12, 2013.>>>

 Healthy Schools: Environmental Factors, Performance, and Sustainability

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking applications proposing research that will inform K-12 educational facilities building design, construction and operation practices in order to foster safe and healthy school environments and maximize student achievement and teacher and staff effectiveness. Specifically, the goal of the research grant is to understand the relationship among environmental factors and the health, safety and performance of students, teachers and staff.>>>

Qualified Zone Academy Bond Allocations Released

The Internal Revenue Service released the 2013 allocations for Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZABs). Established in 1997 and administered by school districts serving low‐income to issue tax‐credit bonds that save on interest costs for financing school renovations and repairs, but not new construction.  Local education agencies should contact their state education agency for additional information.>>>

Grants to Improve Educational Services and School Facilities in Rural Communities

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced June 28 that USDA is accepting applications for grants to provide access to education, training and healthcare resources in rural areas.  Completed applications must be received by August 12, 2013. >>>

The Rural Community Facilities Program is designed to develop essential community facilities for public use in rural areas, including school facilities. The rural community facilities grants, direct and guaranteed loans are available to municipalities, counties, special‐purpose districts, non‐profit corporations, and tribal governments to be used in rural areas and towns of up to 20,000 in population.  Rural school leaders should contact their USDA state office for assistance with accessing Rural Development programs. >>>

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