School Construction Program | Capital Development Board | State of Illinois

To date, the School Construction Grant Program has benefited 361 school districts in every region of the state and provided more than $2.1 billion in state funds for building and renovating local public schools. Governor George H. Ryan announced $732 million in funding for the most recent round of grants which will provide for new facilities to reduce student overcrowding and replace aged and crumbling buildings.

View a list of all school grants to date in chronological order

Link to the ISBE's current priority ranked list of entitlements

Two publications detailing our School Construction Grant Program are now available. “Build Smart” is a comprehensive guide for districts written by a task force of education, building, and finance professionals. Also available is an 8-page Progress Report detailing the program’s accomplishments during the past two years. Click on the images below to request a copy of either publication.


Illinois FIRST Doubles
School Construction Program

Fulfilling a commitment to public education, Governor George H. Ryan doubled the state's program to provide state assistance to helping local school districts provide modern classroom facilities for their students. Through his Illinois FIRST program, funding for the school construction grant program was boosted by $1.2 billion, including an additional $153 million in the fiscal year that began July 1,1999.

"Illinois FIRST is an investment in the future of Illinois and in the future of our children," Ryan said. "With our school construction program, we are responding to local needs and local initiative."

The School Construction program was signed into law in December 1997, the first state-funded building program for local school districts in two decades. Over five years, the program now will provide $2.5 billion in state funds for local school construction projects. When matched with required local funding, the program is expected to total about $5 billion in new or improved facilities for students in public schools.

The majority of the School Construction Program will be funded through the sale of General Obligation bonds by the State of Illinois.

Program Highlights
Check here for general information about the School Construction Program, which is jointly administered by the Capital Development Board and the Illinois State Board of Education.

School Construction Program Rules
These are the formal rules, approved by the Illinois Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR), for the Capital Development Board's administration of the School Construction Program.

Contact the School Construction Program Staff
Contact the CDB staff responsible for administering the School Construction Program directly via E-mail.

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