Capital Grants for Schools

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Capital Grants for Schools
Capital grants pay for construction or renovation. (building it image by Vanessa van Rensburg from

In tough economic times, finding funding for capital programs is challenging. Luckily, federal and local government agencies and non-profit foundations offer capital grants for schools. Capital grants generally cover purchases of land or real estate, or costs of renovation or rehabilitation. Many capital grants require recipients to match funding. With a bit of research, you can find the grant to best assist your school's capital project.

Kresge Foundation Challenge Grant

The Kresge Foundation's Challenge Grant program provides funding for organisations to build or renovate facilities, purchase real estate or purchase equipment systems worth more than £325,000. Schools that serve students with physical or developmental disabilities, colleges and universities are eligible to apply. Preference is given to programs that serve impoverished and underserved populations. To receive a Kresge Foundation grant, grantees must be capable of raising the rest of the funds for the project. Grants range from £65,000 to £1.6 million; the Kresge Foundation recommends that requests not be more than 8 to 10 per cent of the total cost of the project.

Kresge Foundation 3215 West Big Beaver Road Troy, Michigan 48084 248-643-963

National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grants

The National Endowment for the Humanities offers Challenge Grants to colleges and universities. Grant funds may be used to create or increase endowments, to purchase real estate or equipment or for facility renovations. Grants range from £19,500 to £0.6 million, but generally do not exceed £325,000. Grantees must be able to raise three times the amount of the National Endowment grant to be considered, except for tribal colleges, historically black colleges and two-year colleges, which must raise twice the grant amount. Grants must be used to further the humanities.

National Endowment for the Humanities 1100 Pennsylvania NW Washington D.C., 20506 800-634-1121

Metro Regional Center

Portland, Oregon's Metro Regional Center offers capital grants to schools and other non-profit organisations through its Nature in Neighborhoods program. Qualifying projects must use funds to purchase land or improve real property resulting in a "capital asset with a life of at least 20 years and with a total value of at least £32,500," according to grant guidelines. Projects also must work to preserve or improve wildlife habitat, be open to the public or benefit the environment. Grants range to £1.4 million per year.

Metro Regional Center 600 NE Grand Avenue Portland, OR 97232 503-797-1700

Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission Community Access Capital Grant

The Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission's Community Access Capital Grant program provides funding to make interactive, multimedia communications technologies available to communities in Multnomah County, Oregon. Possible grantees include K through 12 state schools, colleges and universities that serve residents of Multnomah County. Qualifying grant proposals will incorporate the use of public access cable channels to increase community involvement in matters of public interest, increase provision of services to underserved populations and reduce the cost of service delivery. The 2011 grant cycle opens in December 2010.

Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission 1120 SW Fifth Avenue Portland, OR 97204 503-823-5385

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