Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced £50m of funding for building renewals at 149 further education colleges.
The colleges will each receive up to £225,000 to spend on construction work, with 16 getting extra funds taking their totals up to £1m.
All projects have to be completed by 2011.
Cable said: “In allocating this £50m funding, we have seen some impressive bids come in for ambitious and innovative projects from colleges that are planning for the future.
“Helping colleges modernise their facilities will give them a much-needed boost at a time when education could not be more important and I am glad we have been able to provide them with this support.”