For Immediate Release: July 19, 2013
Media Contact: Adam Gottlieb CEC - 916-654-4989 or
Lara Azar CDE (916) 319-0818
Prop. 39 Funding Deadline for Two-Year Grants Two Weeks Away
August 1 Deadline to Receive Two Year’s Worth of Energy Efficiency Funds in 2013-2014
SACRAMENTO - Small California local education agencies (LEAs) have until August 1, 2013 to apply for Proposition 39 funding covering two years, according to the California Energy Commission. LEAs with 1,000 or less prior year average daily attendance (ADA) are eligible to receive a combined funding allocation for the current and following year in the current year. The Commission is the agency responsible for collaborating with other state agencies to ensure the successful implementation of the California Clean Energy Jobs Act.
The 2013-14 Budget Act appropriated $381 million to K-12 LEAs, and the California Department of Education (CDE) has just set up an online application for small LEAs to elect to receive both the current-year and following-year entitlements in the current year.
Overwhelmingly approved by California voters last November as a way to provide funding to energy efficiency projects for schools and to create clean energy jobs, Prop. 39 will transfer an estimated $2.5 billion in new revenues over five years to fund projects in California's K-12 public schools, charter schools, county offices of education, and community colleges.
An LEA is defined as a school district, county office of education, charter school, or state special school. Eligible LEAs will receive an email - addressed to the LEA contact identified in the California School Directory - that will include instructions on obtaining a password needed for the online application. LEAs that miss the August 1 deadline will still be able to receive their one-year allocation for 2013-14 and have an opportunity next year to apply for a two-year (2014-15 and 2015-16) allocation.
The Energy Commission is collaborating with the California Department of Education, California Community Colleges Chancellors Office, California Public Utilities Commission, Department of Finance, California Workforce Investment Board, California Conservation Corps and other government entities and public stakeholders to develop clear program guidelines for project applicants. Draft guidelines are scheduled to be released in the fall and public workshops will be held before guidelines are finalized and approved by the Energy Commission later this year.
The guidelines are designed to help achieve the outcomes specified in the act and will include instructions for submitting energy project expenditure plans to the Commission for approval. Guidelines will also include details on how the CDE will release the funds.
The California Department of Education will calculate LEA allocations for Prop. 39 funding for the 2013-14 fiscal year. Those calculations will be made publicly available once the CDE determines how many LEAs with ADA of 1,000 or less opt to receive current-year and next-year funding as allowed by law. The Energy Commission cautions LEA's reliance on calculations or estimates by entities other than the CDE.
Please visit the Energy Commission's Proposition 39 website for updates and to sign up for the agency's listserve. Also visit the California Department of Education website. For additional information, please contact the CDE at (916) 327-0538 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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