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:
- Facilities Condition Assessments;
- Long-Range Facility Planning;
- Seismic Assessments, and;
- 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.
Please refer to the Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) under
Chapter 581, Division 27, for definitions, grant program procedures, and reporting requirements for the grants listed above.
If you have questions, please contact
Leanna Heiman by email or at 503-947-5859.