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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.
FY2023-24 BEST Grant Cycle
Opportunities and Announcements:
- Senate Bill 23-220 allocates $49,705,220 specifically for the purpose of funding supplemental grants to previously approved BEST grantees who have experienced cost overruns caused by COVID-19 pandemic-related inflationary pressures and supply chain disruptions. This funding is to be distributed in two rounds. Round one BEST Supplemental Grants were awarded on May 17, 2023.
- Round Two, BEST Supplemental Grants are available to Fiscal Year 2021 and 2022 cycle BEST grantees whose projects are not completely closed out as of the date of application (June 15, 2023). Eligible applicants should have received an email on May 10, 2023. For more information on BEST Supplemental Grants, a PDF Guide is linked below. Please reach out to your Regional Program Manager with any questions.
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In 2018 the Building Excellent Schools Today grant program celebrated 10 years of serving Colorado schools!
Since 2008 BEST has awarded approximately $3 billion in grants to more than 600 Colorado schools, improving health, safety and security for over 400,000 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.
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