State Matching Grant program helps 691 districts repair and improve facilitiesÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
SPRINGFIELD, ILÂ â€“ The Illinois State Board of Education announced it has awarded more than $39.2 million under the School Maintenance Grant Program to help 691 districts and vocational centers make necessary repairs and improvements on existing facilities. The dollar-for-dollar program provides up to $50,000 in matching funds for the maintenance and upkeep of buildings or structures used for educational purposes.
â€œThis grant program offers much needed support in this tough economy to make necessary improvements to our school campuses,â€ said State Board of Education Chairman Gery J. Chico. â€œWe know that much more needs to be done but this helps districts get to projects that have long been on their to-do lists and might still be without these funds.â€
The School Maintenance Grant Program, supported under the stateâ€™s School Construction Funds, can go toward an array of improvement activities, including re-sealing a parking lot, removing asbestos, replacing playground equipment, repairing bleachers and more. The grants, awarded for the first time since 2001, were distributed to districts through the summer and the start of this school year.
All school districts, cooperative high schools and Type 40 area vocational centers were eligible to apply for a grant. Under the terms of the program, Chicago Public Schools receives 20 percent of the allocation or about $6.5 million.
Under law, the School Construction Funds was created as a special fund in the State Treasury, which receives bond proceeds from the stateâ€™s sale of General Obligation Bonds for the purpose of financing school maintenance and construction.
To see a list of grant awardees, visit http://www.isbe.net/sbss/smp_grants.htm
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