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Air Quality Improvement Grants
The application closed on September 10th and award information was sent via email on October 1st. We are currently working on Grant Agreements and will have those distributed to superintendents the week of October 18th. Starting the week of October 25th when agreements are executed, districts can request funding via a smartsheet form below on this webpage.
Per SB21-202, the Public School Capital Construction Assistance Board (CCAB) is authorized to award grants for acquisition, repair, maintenance or upgrading of portable high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) fans or filtration systems for classrooms made on or after April 1, 2021. Funding is available for public school facilities, including school districts, charter schools, institute charter schools, boards of cooperative educational services, and the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind.
- Reimbursement Request form will be located here as of October 25th
- Reimbursements will be compiled by CDE’s Office of Capital Construction on the 5th of each month, beginning in November
- The district is responsible for purchasing units or filters in accordance with the guidelines below. Receipts are not required to be submitted.
- All funds must be reimbursed prior to June 30, 2022
Eligible expenses include the items listed below if purchased on or after April 1, 2021.
• Portable HEPA filtration systems
• Replacement filters for portable HEPA filtration systems
• Units with ionizers are not eligible to be purchased with this grant
Air Quality Improvement Grant Guidance (PDF)
Considerations Prior to Purchase
Portable HEPA fans and filtration systems remove at least 99.97% of dust, pollen, mold, bacteria, and any airborne particles with a size of 0.3 microns (µm), but is not a complete solution to mitigating risk of disease transmission. These should be used in conjunction with other mitigation efforts, such as masking, social distancing, hand washing and improved building ventilation systems.
- Certification: Look for units with HEPA filters and ASHRAE certification
- Sizing: Ensure the unit(s) you purchase is adequate for the square footage of each classroom. Larger spaces may need more than one unit. Use the calculator below to help determine needs.
- Delivery Rate: Look for units with a clean air delivery rate of (CADR) 350-425 cubic feet per minute and AHAM verification
- Noise: Look for quieter versions for less classroom disruption, such as units with a radial intake of air
- Filter Replacement and Maintenance: Units include a filter that should be replaced and other maintenance may be required per the manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Not Eligible: Units with ionizers are not eligible to be purchased with this grant
These tools are intended to simplify decision-making around portable air cleaners in schools for airborne transmission control.
- Harvard – CU Boulder Portable Air Cleaner Calculator for Schools
- Safe Air Spaces estimator based on volume, ventilation and student occupancy
For questions contact BestSchools@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-2153