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Applicant Info and Eligibility

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Applicant Information

With the enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in December 2015, the Elementary and Secondary Education of 1965 (ESEA) was reauthorized and amended. These amendments included significant changes affecting the CSP, including the CSP Grants to Charter School Developers for the Opening of New Charter Schools and for the Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools (Developer Grants) competition. You can find out more information on ESSA by here.

Previous Competitions

To learn more about the previous competitions under CFDA 84.282B, please visit the links below.

2016
2014

Eligibility

Eligibility under this competition (see NIA) is limited to charter school developers in States that do not currently have a CSP State Entity or State Educational Agency grant approved for the activities under this competition, as follows:

  • States with Active CSP grants under ESSA: States in which a State entity currently has an approved CSP State Entity grant application under section 4303 of the ESEA are Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas, and Wisconsin. We will not consider applications from applicants in these States under either CFDA 84.282B or 84.282E.
  • States with Active CSP grants under NCLB: States in which the SEA currently has an approved CSP SEA grant application under the ESEA, as amended by NCLB (i.e., a grant award made in fiscal year 2016 or earlier), include Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington. We will not consider applications from applicants in these States for grants for the opening of new charter schools submitted under CFDA number 84.282B.
  • States with Approved Waiver Requests and SEA Grant Amendments: The Department has been reviewing amendment requests from SEAs with grants under the ESEA, as amended by NCLB, that would authorize the SEA to make subgrants for replication and expansion (for more information please see https://innovation.ed.gov/​files/​2017/​12/​CSP-ESSA-Flexibilities-FAQ-2017.pdf). Based on this review the Department has approved the following SEAs’ amendment requests to use CSP grant funds to make subgrants for expansion: California, Oregon, and Nevada (note: Ohio submitted an amendment request to make replication and expansion subgrants, but will not invite subgrant applicants until April 2019, at the earliest). We will not consider applications from applicants in these States for grants for the replication and expansion of high-quality charter schools submitted under CFDA number 84.282E. The table below provides a summary of the eligibility of developers by state in states with active CSP grants under NCLB:

Table 1: Summary of Eligibility under the FY18 Developer Competition for States with active CSP grants under NCLB, by State and Activity (Replication and Expansion)
*Note: Developers who are looking to replicate or expand in a state with a CSP State entity grant approved under ESSA are not eligible for 84.282E. Those states are: Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas, and Wisconsin.

State 84.282E – Replication Eligibility 84.282E – Expansion Eligibility
Arizona Not eligible Eligible
California Not eligible Not eligible
Colorado Not eligible Not eligible
District of Columbia Not eligible Not eligible
Florida Not eligible Eligible
Georgia Not eligible Eligible
Illinois Not eligible Eligible
Louisiana Not eligible Eligible
Massachusetts Not eligible Not eligible
Nevada Not eligible Not eligible
New York Not eligible Eligible
Ohio Not eligible Eligible
Oregon Not eligible Not eligible
South Carolina Not eligible Eligible
Tennessee Not eligible Eligible
Washington Not eligible Eligible

As mentioned above, we will not consider applications from applicants in the States above for grants for the opening of new charter schools submitted under CFDA number 84.282B.

  • CMOs: Charter Management Organizations (CMOs) seeking to replicate or expand a high-quality charter school may wish to review the notice and the CSP website to see if they are eligible to apply for funds under this competition. The eligibility considerations listed above apply for the schools that CMOs propose to replicate or expand as well, so applicants should also review the information above.

Please see the NIA and the CSP website for the Developer grant program for complete eligibility information.

Applications are due by April 16, 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 or the Charter Schools Program at CharterSchools@ed.gov.

Please click here for FY18 Overview of CSP Notices.

Funding Restrictions

Use of Funds for Post-Award Grants to Developers for the Opening of New Charter Schools and for the Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools. An eligible applicant receiving a grant under CFDA number 84.282B or 84.282E may use the grant funds only for–the purpose of carrying out the activities described in section 4303(h) of the ESEA in a State that does not currently have a CSP State Entity or State Educational Agency grant approved for the activities under this competition. Please see the NIA and the eligibility section above for complete eligibility information.

Note: As a general matter, the Secretary considers charter schools that have been in operation for more than five years to be past the initial implementation phase and, therefore, ineligible to receive CSP funds under CFDA number 84.282B to support the opening of a charter school.

Grantees must use the grant funds to open and prepare for the operation of a new charter school; to open and prepare for the operation of a replicated high-quality charter school; or to expand a high-quality charter school, as applicable. Grant funds must be used to carry out allowable activities, described in section 4303(h) of the ESEA, which include the following:

  1. Preparing teachers, school leaders, and specialized instructional support personnel, including through paying costs associated with—
    1. Providing professional development; and
    2. Hiring and compensating, during the applicant’s planning period specified in the application for funds, one or more of the following:
      1. Teachers.
      2. School leaders.
      3. Specialized instructional support personnel.
      4. Acquiring supplies, training, equipment (including technology), and educational materials (including developing and acquiring instructional materials).
      5. Carrying out necessary renovations to ensure that a new school building complies with applicable statutes and regulations, and minor facilities repairs (excluding construction).
      6. Providing one-time, startup costs associated with providing transportation to students to and from the charter school.
      7. Carrying out community engagement activities, which may include paying the cost of student and staff recruitment.
      8. Providing for other appropriate, non-sustained costs related to the opening of new charter schools, or the replication or expansion of high-quality charter schools, as applicable, when such costs cannot be met from other sources.

A grant awarded by the Secretary under this competition may be for a period of not more than five years, of which the grantee may use not more than 18 months for planning and program design. (Section 4303(d)(1)(B) of the ESEA). We establish that applicants may only propose to support one charter school per grant application, in accordance with section 437(d)(1) of GEPA, 20 U.S.C. 1232(d)(1).

We reference additional regulations outlining funding restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section in the Fiscal Year 2018 Notice Inviting Applications (NIA).

1States in which the SEA currently has an approved CSP SEA grant application under the ESEA, as amended by NCLB (i.e., a grant award made in fiscal year 2016 or earlier), include Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington. We will not consider applications from applicants in these States for grants for the opening of new charter schools submitted under CFDA number 84.282B.

2The Department is currently reviewing amendment requests from SEAs with grants under the ESEA, as amended by NCLB, that would authorize the SEA to make subgrants for replication and expansion (for more information please see https://innovation.ed.gov/files/2017/12/CSP-ESSA-Flexibilities-FAQ-2017.pdf). The Department will post the names of SEAs receiving approval for this flexibility on its website at https://innovation.ed.gov/what-we-do/charter-schools/charter-schools-program-non-state-educational-agencies-non-sea-planning-program-design-and-initial-implementation-grant/.