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Expanding Opportunities Through Quality Charter Schools Program (CSP) Grants to State Entities

CFDA Number: 84.282A
Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive Grants
Also known as: Charter Schools, Public Charter Schools Program (CSP)

What’s New

On Friday, March 9, 2018 the U.S. Department of Education announced the FY 2018 CSP Grants to State Entities Competition.

The FY 2018 CSP Grants to State Entities application period closed on April 20, 2018. The U.S. Department received applications from Entities in the following States:

CSP State entity FY2018 Applicant Status
Alabama Arizona
Arkansas Colorado
Delaware District of Columbia
Guam Idaho
Michigan New Hampshire
New York North Carolina
Puerto Rico

Descriptions of the previous grantees, from 2017, can be found here. For description of grantees from 2009 – 2016, can be found here. A pre-application meeting was held via webinar on March 14, 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 Amy B. Huber at

Program Description

The CSP State Entities program is newly authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) (20 U.S.C. 7221-7221j). Prior to enactment of the ESSA, the ESEA, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), authorized the Secretary to make awards to State educational agencies to enable them to conduct charter school subgrant programs in their States. The CSP State Entities program is under new law and has different eligibility requirements, priorities, definitions, application requirements, and selection criteria.

The major purposes of the CSP are to expand opportunities for all students, particularly traditionally underserved students, to attend charter schools 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.

The CSP grants to State Entities (CFDA number 84.282A) is a competitive grant program that enables State entities to award subgrants to eligible applicants in their State to open and prepare for the operation of new charter schools and to replicate and expand high-quality charter schools. Grant funds may also be used by the State entity to provide technical assistance to eligible applicants and authorized public chartering agencies in opening and preparing for the operation of new charter schools, or replicating or expanding high-quality charter schools; and to work with authorized public chartering agencies to improve authorizing quality, including developing capacity for, and conducting, fiscal oversight and auditing of charter schools.


Ashley Gardner,
Leslie Hankerson,
Amy Huber,
Kathryn Meeley
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave. SW, 4W220
Washington, DC 20202
(202) 401-1366