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Qualified Zone Academy Bond

Funding Description

Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB) offers local educational agencies (LEAs) the ability to sell tax-exempt bonds and use the revenue, essentially a loan, to form academy partnerships with for-profit business partners. The program serves all students by incorporating job-related relevance--in the form of technology, training, equipment, materials, etc.--into the classroom.


Eligible Applicants Local educational agencies
Required Eligibility Criteria To be eligible to apply for the QZAB program, LEAs must be in a designated Empowerment Zone, Enterprise Community, or have at least 35 percent of its student population receiving free or reduced lunches. The LEA must also have an agreement with a business or industry partner that has agreed to provide at least 10 percent toward the cost of the program. Note: A third round of applications is now being accepted with an open due date. For more information, please refer to the Request for Application web site.
Other Eligibility Considerations Not applicable
Eligible Grade Level(s) K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Eligible Age Level(s) Not applicable


Legal Authority Section 107 of H.R. 6111, Section 1397E of the Internal Revenue Code
Source / Type Federal / Grant
State Fiscal Year 2007-08
SACS Resource / Revenue Codes 9010 / 8979
Total Available $65,863,108
Recipient Amount $2,500,000 per academy
Match Requirement Yes
Allocation Formula Unavailable

Important Dates

Date Application Available August 20, 2008
Due Date Unavailable
Expected Notification Date Unavailable

Additional Information

Application 2006-2007 Qualified Zone Academy Bond Program []
Background Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB) []
Fiscal 2006-2007 QZAB Results  []
Other Authorization is for calendar years 2006 and 2007. The funding amount for 2006 is $48,404,000 and for 2007 is $48,404,000. On September 1, 2007 successful applicants from the first round were notified of their award. Second round applicants were notified on April 2, 2008 of their award. There is additional authorization remaining in the amount of $65,863,108.


Program Shannon Farrell-Hart, 916-323-3923,
Fiscal Shannon Farrell-Hart, 916-323-3923,
Division School Facilities & Transportation Services, 916-322-2470 (phone), 916-327-3954 (fax)
Last Modified: September 2, 2008
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