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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. The program services those in identified Empowerment Zones, Enterprise Communities, or with a 35 percent or more student population receiving free or reduced lunches.


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. Furthermore, the LEA must have an agreement with a business or industry partner that has agreed to provide at least 10 percent toward the cost of the program.
Other Eligibility Considerations All Qualified Zone Academy Bond applications will be reviewed and apporved in date order of receipt. In the event the 2008-09 state allocations are oversubscribed a waiting list will be established.
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 1397E of the Internal Revenue Code
Source / Type Federal / Grant
State Fiscal Year 2009-10
SACS Resource / Revenue Codes 9010 / 8979
Total Available $199,639,000
Recipient Amount $5,000,000/academy $30,000,000/district
Match Requirement Yes
Allocation Formula Unavailable

Important Dates

Date Application Available June 1, 2009
Due Date Unavailable
Expected Notification Date Unavailable

Additional Information

Application 2008-09 Qualified Zone Academy Bond Application []
Background Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB) []
Fiscal Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB) []
Other Authorization is for calendar years 2008 and 2009. The funding amount for 2008 is $44,364,000 and for 2009 $155,275,000. There is approximately $15,000,000 authorization remaining from 2007.


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: June 1, 2009

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