POLICY (Education Stabilization and Grant Funds)
Majority of states have filed their required application and have been approved for their share of the almost $53.6 billion allocated for this ARRA grant program. Local Education Agencies within the state must have applied to receive Education Stabilization Funds. LEAís may have choosen to use funds for construction, renovation, and repairs of public school facilities (including charter schools). (See DOEís Guidance on the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund Program )
Government Services Funds
Government Services Funds were $8.8 billion of the $53.6 billion allocated for the Education Stabilization Funds. Governors had tremendous latitude in how they used the Government Services Funds. One permissible use was PK-12 public schools and Higher Education construction, modernization, renovation, and repairs.
States indentified intentions to use only $26 million of the $8.8 billion for PK-12 public school facilities.
Impact Aid School Construction
Impact aid provides funds to local education agencies that serve children from Indian lands and military bases. $100 million was added to the Impact Aid Program as part of ARRA for PK-12 school construction activities. ARRA provided $39.6 million for formula grants and $59.4 million for competitive discretionary construction grants from the Impact Aide Program.
Bureau of Indian Affairs School Construction, Improvements, and Repairs
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provided around $252 million for Indian tribal governments for PK-12 school construction, improvement and repairs. However, as of February 2010, there was a $1.3 billion backlog in BIA school construction.
Equipment Assistance Grants for PK-12 School Food Authorities
This grant program was created to improve the infrastructure of school cafeterias and school kitchens in public and nonprofit private schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program. ARRA provided $100 million for this grant program.
Military School Construction
The Department of Defense operates 64 schools with 27,000 students in the U.S. ARRA provided $240 million for the construction of early childhood centers on military bases.
Head Start Program
The Head Start Program included grants that can be used for the purchase of a facility, renovation, and construction. ARRA appropriated an additional $2.1 billion above regular annual federal appropriations. Because of the necessity for specially designed spaces for very young children, the Head Start Program permits their recipients to use funds for facilities.
Brownfield Grant Program
The Environmental Protection Agency's Brownfield Program provides grants for PK-12 school facility site assessment and cleanup. ARRA provided an additional $100 million for this program.