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Money for Dissemination

Federal funds to disseminate information about a charter school are available through two programs: the Charter Schools Program State Educational Agency and the Charter Schools Non-State Educational Agency Dissemination grants programs (84.282A and 84.282C).

A charter school may apply for dissemination funds whether or not the charter school has previously applied for or received funds for planning, program design, or implementation.

Any school applying for funds must have been in operation for at least 3 consecutive years and must have demonstrated overall success, including:

  • Substantial progress in improving student academic achievement;
  • High levels of parent satisfaction; and
  • The management and leadership necessary to overcome initial start-up problems and establish a thriving, financially viable charter school.

Charter schools may use dissemination grant funds: (1) to assist other schools in adapting the charter school's program (or certain aspects of the charter school's program), or (2) to disseminate information about the charter school, through such activities as:

  • Assisting other individuals with the planning and start-up of one or more new public schools, including charter schools, that are independent of the assisting charter school and the assisting charter school’s developers, and that agree to be held to at least as high a level of accountability as the assisting charter school;
  • Developing partnership with other public schools, including charter schools, designed to improve student achievement in each of the schools participating in the partnership;
  • Developing curriculum materials, assessments, and other materials that promote increased student achievement and are based on successful practices within the assisting charter school; and
  • Conducting evaluations developing materials that document the successful practices of the assisting charter school and that are designed to improve student performance in other schools.

Whether a charter school is eligible for dissemination funds and where that school should apply for funds depends on the location of the charter school. The information provided below was last updated in January 2013.

Apply for State Education Agency (SEA) Dissemination Money

Charter schools in states that currently are receiving funds under the State Education Agency grant competition are required to apply directly to their state educational agency for dissemination money. Contact the person for your state listed at the bottom of this page under Funding Contacts.

Arkansas California District of Columbia Florida
Georgia Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota
New Hampshire New Jersey New York Rhode Island
South Carolina Wisconsin    

Ineligible for Federal Charter School Dissemination Grants

Charter schools in the following states are NOT eligible to apply for dissemination grants. Their states received federal SEA funding but elected not to participate in the dissemination program.

Arizona Colorado Indiana
Tennessee Texas  

Consider the Non-SEA Dissemination Competition

If an individual charter school is located in a state that has a law authorizing charter schools but does not receive an SEA grant, the charter school may be eligible to compete for a direct federal grant under the Non-SEA Dissemination Competition. Applicants for this competition should contact the U.S. Department of Education's Charter Schools Program directly at

Alaska Connecticut Delaware Guam
Hawaii Idaho Illinois Iowa
Kansas Louisiana Maine* Maryland
Mississippi Missouri Nevada New Mexico
North Carolina Ohio Oklahoma Oregon
Pennsylvania Utah Virginia Washington*

*Maine and Washington are not currently eligible to receive federal dissemination grant funds because laws in these two states allowing the creation of charter schools were not approved until 2011 and 2012 respectively. As previously noted, the federal dissemination grant criteria require charter schools to operate for at least three consecutive years before they are eligible for dissemination funds.

No Charter School Laws

The following states do not have charter laws and so are ineligible to receive CSP funds:

Alabama Kentucky Montana Nebraska
North Dakota South Dakota Vermont West Virginia

Funding Contacts for Dissemination Grants

State Contact Email Phone Address
AK U.S. Dept. of Education    
AZ Mark Francis (602) 542-4020 Arizona Dept. of Education
1535 West Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
AR Mary Perry (501) 683-5313 Arkansas Dept. of Education
#4 State Capitol Mall, Room 105-C
Little Rock, AR 72201
CA Julie Russell (916) 319-0571 Charter Schools Division
California Dept. of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 5401
Sacramento, CA 95814
CO Gretchen Morgan (303) 866-6740 Colorado Dept. of Education
201 E. Colfax Ave., Rm. 300D
Denver, CO 80203-1799
CT U.S. Dept. of Education    
DE U.S. Dept. of Education    
DC Faida Fuller (202) 442-4022 Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)
810 First Street, NW
Washington, DC 20002
FL Adam Miller (850) 245-0502 Office of Independent Education & Parental Choice
Florida Dept. of Education
325 W. Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
GA Louis Erste (404) 651-8734 Charter Schools Division
Georgia Dept. of Education
2053 Twin Towers East
205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive
Atlanta, GA 30334
GU (Guam) U.S. Dept. of Education    
HI U.S. Dept. of Education    
ID U.S. Dept. of Education    
IL U.S. Dept. of Education    
IN Jeff Barber (317) 232-9143 Indiana Department of Education
151 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2798
IA U.S. Dept. of ED    
KS U.S. Dept. of ED    
LA U.S. Dept. of Education    
ME U.S. Dept. of Education    
MD U.S. Dept. of Education    
MA Joanna Laghetto (781) 338-3221 Charter School Office Mass Dept. of Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906
MI Mark Eitrem (517) 373-3345 School Improvement: Curriculum and Instruction
Michigan Dept. of Education
P.O. Box 30008
Lansing, MI 48909
MN Cindy Murphy (651) 582-8217 Minnesota Dept. of Education
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN 55113
MS U.S. Dept. of Education    
MO U.S. Dept. of ED    
NV U.S. Dept. of Education    
NH Roberta Tenney (603) 271-2079 NH Dept. of Education
101 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
NJ Matt Craig (609) 292-3284 Office of Charter Schools
New Jersey Dept. of Education
100 River View Plaza
PO Box 500
Trenton, NJ 08625
NM U.S. Dept. of Education    
NY Susan DuFour SDUFOUR@MAIL.NYSED.GOV (518) 474-1762 Public School Choice Programs
NYS Education Dept. – Rm. 465 EBA
Albany, NY 12234
NC U.S. Dept. of Education    
OH U.S. Dept. of Education    
OK U.S. Dept. of Education    
OR U.S. Dept. of Education    
PA U.S. Dept. of Education    
RI Courtney Paulding (401) 222-8401 RI Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education
Shepard Building, 6th Floor
255 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903-3400
SC Jesulon Gibbs-Brown (803) 734-7213 Office of School Transformation
SC Dept. of Education
3700 Forest Drive, Suite 320
Columbia, SC 29204
TN   Tennessee Dept. of Education
5th Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243
TX Heather Mauzé (512) 463-9075 Texas Education Agency
1701 North Congress
Avenue, Austin, TX 78701-1494
UT U.S. Dept. of Education    
VA U.S. Dept. of Education    
WA U.S. Dept. of Education    
WI Margaret McMurray margaret.mcmurray@
(608) 266-5728 WI Dept. of Public Instruction
125 South Webster Street
P.O. Box 7841
Madison, WI 53707-7841
WY U.S. Dept. of Education    


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