FY 2023 Grant Award

Applicant Name: The Regents of the University of California  
Award Number: S184R230005   
Funding Amount: $2,000,000.00  

Working as a national consortium, the Institute of Urban and Regional Development at the University of California-Berkeley (UCB IURD), the 21st Century School Fund (21CSF), the National Council on School Facilities (NCSF), and Child Trends propose to establish and operate a National Center on School Infrastructure (NCSI) that will serve as a clearinghouse of information on public school infrastructure in the U.S., U.S. Territories, Bureau of Indian Education Schools, and the District of Columbia. The clearinghouse will gather research, policy resources, and effective practices for the planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and utilization of educational facilities as they relate to health and safety, educational quality and equity, energy efficiency and climate resiliency, and local economic benefit. NCSI will use the resources of the clearinghouse, as well as our consortium’s rich experience in policy and practice, to provide technical assistance (TA) and training to state education agencies, helping them develop their capacity to assist LEAs in meeting the challenges of providing modern public school buildings and grounds for all students. A primary focus for building state capacity is to ensure state education agencies can provide appropriate and effective TA and training to high-need and low wealth districts. Our objective is to grow the knowledge, skills, and confidence of public decision makers and personnel, and civic, labor, and industry stakeholders to meet their responsibilities to provide all of our children and school staff with healthy, safe, and educationally excellent buildings and grounds that are also sustainable, energy efficient, and resilient.