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BEST Grant Program

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Established in 2008 with the signing of C.R.S.22-43.7, BEST provides an annual amount of funding in the form of competitive grants to school districts, charter schools, institute charter schools, boards of cooperative educational services, and the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind. BEST funds can be used for the construction of new schools as well as general construction and renovation of existing school facility systems and structures.


 Please Note: ALL potential 2021-22 applicants must notify BEST of intent to apply by completing a Grant Manager registration prior to November 30th.

FY2020-2021 Grant Cycle Update:

Thank you to BOCES, charter and district schools that participated in the Fiscal Year 20-21 BEST Grant Review meeting. The School Finance Act and Long Bill have been finalized. You can see the list of awarded grants and backup grants HERE. BEST grants will be awarded to 36 projects with a total construction cost of $234,957,051.

Many projects are still dependent on local bond initiatives this November. Therefore, all projects on the prioritized list below the current funding line are considered backups and will be eligible for funding if higher prioritized projects are not successful acquiring their match and enough funds remain for the applicant to move forward.

BEST Video

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."


BEST Resources

2021-2022 BEST Grant Cycle

*No later than November 30: All Districts and Charter Schools must notify BEST of intent to apply

BEST Legislative Reports


​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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