Quick Start Program
~Quick Start Program Awards a Total of $14,950,000 to Schools~
As of July 21, 2009 the Quick Start Energy Grant Program has awarded the full $14,950,000 through the Montana Reinvestment Act (HB645), which implements the federal American Recovery Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 to Montana Schools. The Quick Start Program was approved by the 61st Legislature and signed by Governor Schweitzer on May 14, 2009, and was designed to assist schools with conducting energy audits and completing energy efficiency projects that provide long-term, cost-effective benefits to K-12 Schools. Governor Schweitzer considers the Quick Start Energy Grant Program a top priority due to the lasting benefits it provides to schools.
To view a list of the schools served by Quick Start, please refer to the Quick Start Grant Award Sheet.
The Quick Start program is no longer accepting applications for energy audits or for energy efficiency improvement projects. However, the Montana Department of Commerce looks forward to serving Montana schools in the near future under the Quality Schools Facility Grant Program. That program, created by HB152 and signed by Governor Schweitzer on April 28, 2009, establishes a legacy grant program which provides funds to school districts through a competitive grant program. The Montana Department of Commerce anticipates this program will be ready to accept applications from school districts for the first biennial appropriation -- approximately $10 million -- sometime late 2009/early 2010. Schools can apply for funds for planning grants, emergency grants, or for grants for projects that:
(a) solve urgent and serious public health or safety problems or that enable public school districts to meet state or federal health or safety standards;
(b) provide improvements necessary to bring school facilities up to current local, state, and federal codes and standards;
(c) enhance a public school districts ability to offer specific services related to the requirements of the accreditation standards provided for in Mont. Code Ann. Statute 20-7-111;
(d) provide long-term, cost-effective benefits through energy-efficient design;
(e) incorporate long-term, cost-effective benefits to school facilities, including the technology needs of school facilities; or
(f) enhance educational opportunities for students.
Information on the Quality Schools Grant Program and Deferred Maintenance and Energy Efficiency Grants is available at http://commerce.mt.gov/QualitySchools. If you have questions on these programs, please contact the Quality Schools Team at 406-841-2770.