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Technical Assistance Program (TAP)

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The Technical Assistance Program (TAP) helps districts plan for capital improvements and expansion so they can better inform their communities about deferred maintenance needs, future enrollment, and explore sources of funding for school facilities. TAP provides four types of grants to school districts to cover or offset the costs of conducting:

  • 1) Facilities Condition Assessments;
  • 2) Long-Range Facility Planning;
  • 3) Seismic Assessments, and;
  • 4) Environmental Hazard Assessments.

The Facilities Assessment and Long-Range Facility Plan are required as part of the Oregon School Capital Improvement Matching (OSCIM) Program grant application. The Seismic Assessment is a required component of the application to Business Oregon’s Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program, through which school districts can apply for funding to retrofit buildings. From 2019 - 2021, the Radon Environmental Hazard Assessment grant will have helped nearly half of all districts in Oregon pay for radon testing to comply with Oregon Health Authority’s ORS 332.341 and 332.345. Starting in 2022, the Asbestos Environmental Hazard Assessment grant will help districts meet the federally mandated requirements of the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) by covering the costs of asbestos inspections, periodic surveillance, AHERA-related training for staff, and upgrading to a web-based record-keeping system.

If you have questions, please contact Leanna Heiman by email or at 503-947-5859.

Assessor Certification

ODE’s Certified Assessor Training is designed to help architects and engineers that are already working with schools to understand the reporting requirements for the Office of School Facilities’ Technical Assistance and OSCIM Programs. These programs require districts to conduct a Facilities Assessment and Long-Range Facility Plan that meet the requirements found in administrative rule. The goal of the Certified Assessor Program is to provide districts with high-quality Facilities Assessments and Long-Range Facility Plans that meet the TAP requirements and can be used to apply for OSCIM Program funding.

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