Charter Schools


The program supports startup of new charter schools and the replication and expansion of high-quality charter schools. Charter schools increase educational options for parents and students and, in exchange for stricter academic accountability, are exempt from many statutory and regulatory requirements. Funds also support State efforts to improve charter schools' access to facilities.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Innovation and Improvement, Department of Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2017 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2018 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2019 No Current Data Available.
Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title V Part C.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State entities, including State educational agencies, State charter school boards, Governors, and statewide charter school organizations, in States in which State law authorizes charter schools are eligible. If no State entity in a State receives a grant, charter school developers in the State that have applied to an authorized public chartering authority to operate a charter school, and provided adequate and timely notice to that authority, may apply directly to the Secretary. Charter management organizations with experience operating or managing high-quality quality schools are also separately eligible for grants. Lastly, States are eligible for grants for charter school per-pupil facilities aid programs.
Beneficiary Eligibility
School administrators, teachers, and students and their parents are beneficiaries.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Contact the program office for application information. Application notices are published in the Federal Register.
Award Procedure
Contact the Headquarters Office as listed below for this information.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 120 days.
Not applicable.
To receive continuation funding, grantees must demonstrate substantial progress toward meeting the goals and objectives of their project. Continuation awards are subject to the availability of funds.
How are proposals selected?
Selection criteria are contained in program statute and regulations. Contact the program office for more information.
How may assistance be used?
State entities receiving grants make subgrants to charter school developers to open new charter schools or replicate or expand high-quality charter schools; if an eligible State entity does not receive a grant, charter school developers in the State may apply directly to the Secretary for funding. Charter management organizations receiving grants use funds for replication and expansion of high-quality charter schools. Charter school developers and charter management organizations receive up to 5 years of assistance, of which they may use not more than 18 months for planning and program design, and may use funds for such activities as preparing educators, acquiring supplies and equipment, carrying out necessary facility renovations excluding construction, establishing student transportation systems, and carrying out community engagement activities. States may also receive grants to establish and administer per-pupil facilities aid programs for charter schools. Due to non-supplanting requirements, applicants for per-pupil facilities aid program grants must use a restricted indirect cost rate which is referenced under 34 CFR 75.563. For assistance call the Office of Chief Financial Officer/Indirect Cost Group on (202)708-7770. Competitions are announced in the Federal Register. Specific limitations and restrictions for each competition are provided in the Federal Register notice.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Records must be maintained for 3 years after the fiscal year in which the expenditure was made by the grantee, or until the grantee is notified of the completion of the Federal fiscal audit. In all cases of audit questions, records must be maintained until resolution has occurred.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is . Matching requirements are applicable with respect to grants to States to establish and administer per-pupil facilities aid programs for charter schools.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants and subgrants are awarded for a period of not more than 5 years, subject to the availability of funds. Electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Ellen Safranek
Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement, Parental Options and Information, 400 Maryland Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20202 USA
Phone: (202) 453-7660
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$345,685,153.00; FY 19 est $379,561,485.00; FY 20 est $384,250,000.00; FY 17$285,922,000.00; FY 16$304,961,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range of awards: $100,000 - $45,000,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.


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