Quality Schools grants are available on a competitive basis for major repairs or deferred maintenance to an existing school; major improvements or enhancements to an existing school; or information technology infrastructure, including installations, upgrades, or improvements, to an existing school.
Funded activities must meet one or more of the Program's six statutory priorities to be considered for funding (90-6-811(1), MCA):
1) Projects that solve urgent and serious public health or safety problems or that enable public school districts to meet state or federal health or safety standards;
2) Projects that address deferred maintenance by repairing or replacing existing building components that are inoperable or difficult to service or lack minimum integrity;
3) Projects that enhance a public school district's ability to offer specific services related to the requirements of the accreditation standards provided for in 20-7-111, MCA;
4) Projects that provide long-term, cost-effective benefits through energy-efficient design;
5) Projects that incorporate long-term, cost-effective benefits to school facilities, including the technology needs of school facilities; and
6) Projects that enhance educational opportunities for students.