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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 and technical assistance for school districts, traditional public schools, charter schools, BOCES, and the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind.

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The review and approval process for Fiscal Year 21 BEST applications will continue. Current applicants should be on the lookout for emails with specific information on how project review and approval will be restructured for this grant round.
The in-person meeting that was scheduled for May 12-15 in Denver has been cancelled. CDE staff are working with the Capital Construction Assistance Board on alternatives that will work for everyone involved. 

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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."

Opportunities and Announcements:

  • The 2020-2021 BEST Application is now closed. 69 applications were received, totaling over one billion dollars in capital construction needs.
  • Mark your calendars, the CCAB Grant Application Review meetings will be held May 13-15th. Location and additional details TBA.

For more information or if an alternative version of a document is needed, please contact or call 303-866-2153.