There will be two application rounds for the additional funding allocated to this program. The first round will be April 2022 with $225 million available and the second round will be April 2023 with the remaining funds.
This program will fund either new classrooms or retrofit your existing building to create kindergarten classrooms. This program does require the district to operate full-day programs for the facilities funded by this grant. The funding for this program is mostly 75% state funded with a 25% local match. However, due to the increased facility costs and the limited amount of funds available and the significant demand anticipated most, if not all, projects that will be funded are likely to be financial hardship which results in 100% State funding for the project.
The basic eligibility determination looks at the current kindergarten enrollment, divided by 25, to calculate how many kindergarten rooms are needed. For TK and PS, the average of the enrollment in grades 1-3 is divided by 25. Once you know how many rooms are needed, you subtract how many kindergarten-style rooms you have, and then calculate how many you qualify for. No more than 4 TK and 4 PS classrooms will be funded for each project.
Since this program will continue to use the same priority point system, districts that qualify for financial hardship and those with a high percentage of students eligible for free/reduced lunch will be at the top of the list for approval.
A district cannot receive funding for a second project in one round unless every district that applied has been funded for a project. Therefore, we recommend only one application be considered for each district. We can help you determine which site has the best funding potential.