Important Information

Effective January 1, 2015, as a result of Senate Bill 869 Chapter 39, Statutes of 2014, the State Allocation Board (SAB) can no longer allocate or approve High Performance Incentive (HPI) grants, and the program's remaining fund balance has been transferred to the New Construction and Modernization programs.

High Performance Incentive Grant - Inactive

The High Performance Incentive (HPI) is a supplemental grant available on projects with high performance attributes, such as energy efficiency, water conservation, and other sustainable building elements.

The Governor's Strategic Growth Plan, approved by voters in Proposition 1D (Assembly Bill 127, 2006), provided $100 million in incentive grants to promote the use of high performance attributes in new construction and modernization projects for K-12 schools. High performance attributes include using designs and materials that promote energy and water efficiency, maximize the use of natural lighting, improve indoor air quality, utilize recycled materials and materials that emit a minimal amount of toxic substances, and employ acoustics that are conducive to teaching and learning.


A High Performance Rating Criteria (HPRC) is used to determine the high performance attributes in a project, and assign each application a score that will directly correlate to the amount of funding a project receives. For the purposes of this program, the HRPC was modeled after the rating criteria as identified in the 2002, 2006 and 2009 California Collaborative of High Performance Schools (CHPS) criteria. However, the criteria was modified to assure that funds allocated from this program focus on facility components that enhance high performance.

While the CHPS criteria was used as the model for high performance funding, CHPS is not the only pathway to sustainable design. Projects designed to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and other high performance standards will likely qualify for the HPI grant. Districts and design professionals are advised to keep in mind that to qualify for the high performance credits, they must be aware of the criteria that are outlined in the School Facility Program regulations and design their projects to meet the requirements.

New Construction

In order to qualify for the additional grant, new construction projects must meet all prerequisites in all HPRC categories; then, the district may select the credits it wishes to pursue. The minimum point threshold is 27 points and the maximum is 88 points, with a minimum of four points being obtained in the superior energy performance and/or alternate energy sources categories.

Additions to a Site and Modernization

Additions to a site and modernization projects must meet all the prerequisites in the HPRC categories that are within the scope of the project; then, the district may select the credits it wishes to pursue. The minimum point threshold is 20 points and a maximum of 84 points can be attained.


The final HPI application score, which is verified by the Division of the State Architect, will determine the HPI grant amount. The increase to the base grant will be determined by the number of credits the project receives multiplied by a percentage factor, which will ultimately provide an increase ranging from two to just over 11 percent.

In addition to the funding based on the increase to the base grant, the High Performance Base Incentive Grant (HPBIG) is now available for projects applying under the 2009 Criteria. The HPBIG was created as a one time per school site incentive to apply for HPI funds. The HPBIG awards $150,000 for new school projects meeting the minimum threshold of 27 Rating Criteria Points and $250,000 for new construction addition and modernization projects meeting the minimum threshold of 20 Rating Criteria Points.

The Architect’s Submittal Guidelines (PDF) and the Presentation on Additional Grant for Site Development Costs (PPT) contain detailed information for school districts and architects to prepare project plans, specifications, and cost estimates for project applications.


Please note: HPI projects may be subject to Prevailing Wage Monitoring/Labor Compliance Program requirements (link).

Fiscal Reporting

The SFP Compliance Review page contains detailed information on compliance review requirements, including substantial progress and expenditure reporting.

The Financial Hardship Program (link) provides funding to districts that cannot provide all or a part of the required local matching share for a HPI project.

As part of regulation changes to the HPI Grants, cost information for HPI project components and systems must be reported on the Project Information Worksheet.


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