Districts submitting applications for qualifying projects are awarded construction grant entitlements by ISBE. Entitlements qualify districts for the program; however, it is not a guarantee for funding.
Entitled district must secure their local share in order to be eligible for a school construction project grant award. Those entitled districts who do not secure their local share before the end of the fiscal year in which they are applying, can submit an update application in order to be merged with the new applications for the new fiscal year.
Carry over projects are those entitled projects for which the school district has arranged and approved local financing but has not received an award during the fiscal year in which the district has applied, due to lack of adequate appropriations.
In accordance with Section 5-37 of School Construction Law, these carry over projects will be placed ahead of any new school construction projects within the same priority category that are approved for grant awards for the following year.