Quality Schools planning grants are available for any public school district located in the state of Montana that serves Montana K-12 students, including elementary school districts, high school districts, and K-12 school districts, as those entities are defined in Title 20, Chapter 6, MCA.
The trustees of an applicant school district must approve the submission of a planning grant application, either through a formal board resolution of approval or through delegation of authority to submit the application to an authorized officer or employee of the district. The trustees of an applicant school district are solely responsible for ensuring that the district follows all applicable federal, state, and local laws or regulations in applying for a planning grant and engaging in any activity funded thereby. Non-public school districts are not eligible for planning grants.
All applicants must have the management capacity to undertake and satisfactorily complete the planning project applied for, and assure proper management of Quality Schools funds. Planning grant recipients must be in compliance with all applicable auditing and financial reporting requirements, and have the capacity to specifically assure proper tracking and recording of funds.
Planning grant funds may be awarded in dollar amounts up to $25,000 and require a 1:4 match; for every $4 in grant funds awarded, the grantee must provide $1.
Each public school district may apply for one Quality Schools planning grant per biennium for the following planning activities:
- School Facility Condition Assessment
- School Facility Energy Audit
- Comprehensive Facility Plan
- Preliminary Architectural Report for School Facilities
- Preliminary Engineering Report serving a School Facility for:
- Drinking Water
- Solid Waste Facility