The Illinois General Assembly passed the School Construction Law (Public Act 90-548) in December 1997, largely to address the shortage of classroom space due to population growth or aging buildings. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Capital Development Board (CDB) administer the program.
To date, the School Construction Grant Program has benefited 497 School districts in every region of the state and provided over $3.1 billion in state funds for building and renovating local public schools. In FY04, $500 million was distributed in the most recent round of grants which will provide for new facilities to reduce student overcrowding and replace aged and crumbled buildings. This depletes all funds currently authorized for the program to date by the Illinois General Assembly.
For more information, please continue to visit links within this site, the Capital Development Board site or call the School Business and Support Services Division at 217/785-8779.
- Application Materials and Forms
- Public Act 93-0489 requires the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Capital Development Board (CDB) to file a comprehensive assessment report of the capital needs of all school districts to the General Assembly every two years
- Capital Needs Assessment Survey
Items of Interest
- Build Smart "School Construction Guidelines Handbook"
- Check out our Newly Constructed Schools!
- Flowchart of Application Process
- Sample Entitlement Letter and Certificate of Entitlement
- School Construction Program Grant Awards
- School Construction Guidelines Handbook
- 2002 School Construction Grant Awards Paid in FY 2010