Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth announced on Tuesday that the application process for a new $179 million grant program for K-12 public schools across the state officially opened yesterday morning at 8 a.m.
The Alabama K-12 Capital Grant Program, which was created by the Legislature during its 2023 regular session, allows public schools to apply for one-time funding for needed capital projects, deferred maintenance, technology improvements, school security enhancements, or existing debt service.
The lieutenant governor is statutorily responsible for creating, administering and overseeing the application process.
“This grant program offers a unique and historic opportunity to address longstanding needs within our local schools across the state,” Ainsworth said. “Our goal is to ensure that the funding is used to improve the educational experience for students, teachers, and parents alike.”
Applications for funding must be submitted by the superintendents of local systems making the requests, and supporting documents, such as budgets, plans of action, photos, contracts, financial records, and others, will be required.
In most cases, systems will be required to provide matching funds, the amount of which is calculated based on a sliding scale formula specific to the school potentially receiving a grant. The formula considers variables that include the population of the school, the local funds available, and the number of students receiving free or reduced lunches.
All applications will be submitted through an online portal, the web address of which was provided to superintendents via email.
Grant requests may be submitted at any point during the next 45 days, but the deadline for applications is 5 p.m. on Friday, October 20, 2023.
Once the process is complete and all applications have been thoroughly reviewed, approved projects will be announced before the end of the calendar year.