For the purpose of assisting school districts with capital costs, the Office of School Facilities is established within the Department of Education. The office shall be responsible for:
Distributing hardship grants to school districts with facility needs. Grants awarded under this section may not exceed $500,000 and shall be provided to school districts based on the order in which the Department of Education receives the completed applications for the grants. A school district may be eligible for a grant under this subsection if the school district meets requirements established by the State Board of Education by rule, including any requirements to provide matching funds.
Providing technical assistance and establishing and maintaining standards for facilities assessments and long-range facilities plans for school districts.
Administering a certification program for qualified providers of technical assistance for the purposes described in subsection (2) of this section.
Providing grants to school districts for the cost of technical assistance for the purposes described in subsection (2) of this section. The State Board of Education may establish by rule requirements for a school district to receive a grant under this subsection. Grants for a school district under this subsection may not exceed: