Charter Schools


The program supports the planning, development, and initial implementation, and replication of charter schools and the dissemination of information on 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.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Office of Innovation and Improvement
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Discretionary)
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title V Part B, Subpart 1.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
SEAs in States in which State law authorizes charter schools are eligible. If an eligible SEA elects not to participate in this program or does not have an approved application, charter school developers 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 and other nonprofit organizations with experience operating or managing high-quality quality schools are eligible for grants for replication and expansion of successful charter school models.
Beneficiary Eligibility
School administrators, teachers, and students and their parents are beneficiaries.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. 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 office, 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. Contact the program office for more information.
How may assistance be used?
State educational agencies (SEAs) receiving grants make subgrants to charter school developers; if an eligible SEA does not receive a grant, charter school developers in the State may apply directly to the Secretary for funding. Developers receive up to 3 years of assistance, of which they may use not more than 18 months for planning and program design and not more than 2 years for the initial implementation of a charter school. SEAs may reserve up to 10 percent of their grants to make subgrants to successful charter schools for information dissemination activities; charter schools in eligible States that do not receive a grant may apply directly to the Secretary for funding for information dissemination activities. Charter management organizations and other nonprofit organizations receiving grants use funds for replication and expansion of successful charter school models. Applicants 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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
As part of the continuation funding process, grantees must submit performance reports annually. Final performance reports must be submitted within 90 days of the end of the grant award period. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is 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
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants are awarded for a period of not more than 3 years, subject to the availability of funds. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Stefan Huh Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement, Parental Options and Information, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202) 453-6384
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 $248,172,000; FY 15 est $253,172,000; and FY 16 est $253,172,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range of awards: $100,000 - $45,000,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not Applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available


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