Federal Charter School Grant Opportunities
August 12, 2011
CCSA mistakenly informed schools of this grant opportunity. Because California is a state that has received a Public Charter School Grant Program award, charter schools in California are not eligible for the program.
As the Department of Education website states, "This competition is open to individual charter schools in states that chose not to participate in the Charter Schools Program State Education Agency (SEA) competition, or in states whose applications for SEA funds were denied." We apologize for the miscommunication.
The U.S. Department of Education's Charter Schools Program recently announced that they are accepting applications for two grant programs, due August 24:
- Charter Schools Program Non-State Educational Agencies Grant competition: provides grants directly to developers of public charter schools so they can plan, design and complete the initial implementation of high-quality charters.
- Charter Schools Program Non-State Educational Agencies Dissemination Grant competition: provides grants to public charter schools that allow them to: (1) help other schools adapt the charter's program; or (2) disseminate information about the charter school.
In 2011, the Department plans to use up to $4,201,705 for these competitions and estimates making between 22 and 26 awards. The average size of the awards is estimated to be $175,000 per year for up to three years, although the Department is not bound by any estimates.
Again, applications are due August 24 by 4:30 p.m. EST and must be submitted through http://www.grants.gov/. The registration process, which needs to be completed prior to applying, can take between three to five business days, or longer, so if you are interested in this opportunity and have not yet begun the process, we encourage you to start soon.