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Charter Schools Program Developer Grants for the Opening of New Charter Schools and for the Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools

Contacts

Claire Geddes, Eddie Moat, and Hans Neseth
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave., SW, 4W259
Washington DC 20202
(202) 401-2266
(800) USA-LEARN

CFDA Number: 84.282B and 84.282E
Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive Grants

What’s New

On March 2, 2018, the U.S. Department of Education’s Charter Schools Program announced the Expanding Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Program (CSP)–Grants to Charter School Developers for the Opening of New Charter Schools and for the Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools grant competition, with an application deadline of April 16, 2018, at 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time. The FY 2018 Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) for new awards can be found here.

On March 13, 2018, a correction notice was made to provide a link to the application submission instructions (83 FR 6003) in the NIA.

On April 13, 2018, an amendment notice was published, taking into account the report accompanying the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (Act), which includes language reflecting congressional intent for CSP appropriations to include dedicated funding for underserved, high-poverty, rural areas. Taking into account this language, the following amendments are being made to the NIA: (1) stating that the Secretary may fund out of rank order applications proposing to open a new charter school or replicate or expand a high-quality charter school in underserved, high-poverty, rural areas; and (2) adding definitions related to funding such applications out of rank order. In addition, we are extending the deadline for transmittal of applications by two weeks, until 4:30:00 PM, Washington, DC time, on April 30, 2018. All other requirements and conditions stated in the NIA remain the same.

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ELIGIBILITY: Please review the Applicant Info and Eligibility page for updated information.

NOTICE INVITING APPLICATIONS – This notice invites applications from eligible applicants for: (1) Grants to Charter School Developers for the Opening of New Charter Schools (CFDA number 84.282B) and (2) Grants to Charter School Developers for the Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools (CFDA number 84.282E). These grants are intended to support charter schools that serve early childhood, elementary school, or secondary school students by providing grant funds to eligible applicants for the opening of new charter schools (CFDA number 84.282B) and for the replication and expansion of high-quality charter schools (CFDA number 84.282E). Under this competition, each CFDA number, 84.282B and 84.282E, constitutes its own funding category. Detailed information pertaining to each type of grant is provided in the NIA.

For fiscal year (FY) 2018, the CSP intends to use an estimated $15,000,000 for this competition. (The Department is not bound by any estimates.) The actual level of funding, if any, depends on final congressional action. The CSP is authorized under Title IV, Part C of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) (20 U.S.C. 7221 – 7221j).

Applications are due by April 30, 2018, at 4:30:00 p.m. (EDT), and must be submitted through www.Grants.gov.

Descriptions of previous grantees under CFDA 84.282B can be found here. A pre-application meeting was held via webinar on March 8, 2018. A PDF of the webinar can be found here. Please note, the information provided in the PDF should not be your only source. It does NOT contain all the information you need to submit a complete application. Please read the NIA for full details, if interested.

For any questions regarding the competition, please contact Eddie Moat at Eddie.Moat@ed.gov.

Program Description

The major purposes of the CSP are to expand opportunities for all students, particularly traditionally underserved students, to attend high-quality charter schools (as defined in this notice) and meet challenging State academic standards; provide financial assistance for the planning, program design, and initial implementation of public charter schools; increase the number of high-quality charter schools available to students across the United States; evaluate the impact of charter schools on student achievement, families, and communities; share best practices between charter schools and other public schools; encourage States to provide facilities support to charter schools; and support efforts to strengthen the charter school authorizing process.