Application Info and Eligibility
The FY 2018 State Entities Competition application deadline is Friday, April 20, 2018. Additional information can be found here.
To learn more about the previous competition, please visit the below link.
State entities in 44 states (45 including Washington, DC) with a state statute specifically authorizing the establishment of charter schools may apply. Under section 4303(e)(1) of the ESEA, no State entity may receive a grant under this program for use in a State in which a State entity is currently using a grant received under this program.
All State entities are eligible to apply for a grant under the FY 2017 State entity competition, including State entities in states with active grants awarded in prior years.
- The NIA states that “Under section 4303(e)(1) of the ESEA, no State entity may receive a grant under this program for use in a State in which a State entity is currently using a grant received under this program.”
- The Department interprets the language in section 4303(e)(1) of the ESEA as applying only in cases where the active grant was awarded under the reauthorized program (the ESSA version of the ESEA).
- Therefore, a State entity located in a State in which an SEA has an active grant awarded prior to FY 2017 (including an SEA with an active grant) is eligible to apply for a new award under this competition.
Please note: No applicant may receive a new award to conduct the same activities that are approved under the existing active grant; newly proposed activities must be outside the scope of currently funded activities.
State entity means–
- A State educational agency;
- A State charter school board;
- A Governor of a State; or
- A charter school support organization.
Eligible applicant, when used with respect to subgrants made by a State entity, means a developer that has —
- applied to an authorized public chartering authority to operate a charter school; and
- provided adequate and timely notice to that authority.
Funding Restrictions: A State entity receiving a grant under this program shall:
- use not less than 90 percent of the grant funds to award subgrants to eligible applicants for activities related to opening and preparing for the operation of new charter school or to replicate or expand high-quality charter schools;
- reserve not less than seven percent of funds to provide technical assistance to eligible applicants and authorized public chartering agencies in opening and preparing for the operation of new charter schools or to replicate or expand high-quality charter schools and in improving authorizing quality, including developing capacity for, and conducting, fiscal oversight and auditing of charter schools; and
- reserve not more than three percent of funds for administrative costs, which may include technical assistance.
Point of Clarification: Administrative costs and technical assistance costs combined cannot exceed 10% due to the “no less than 90%” subgrant requirement. However, technical assistance must be not less than seven percent and administrative costs can be no more than three percent.
Note: A charter school developer in a State in which no State entity has an application for a grant approved under CFDA 84.282A (State entities program or previously State Educational Agencies program) may apply for funding directly from the Department under the CSP Grants to Developers competitions. Additional information about the CSP Grants to Developers competitions is available at http://innovation.ed.gov/what-we-do/charter-schools.