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Finding Federal Funding for a New Charter School or for Dissemination of Best Practices

If you seek grant funds to plan and start up a new charter school, or for dissemination activities, where you apply for grant funds depends on where the proposed charter school will be located. Please note that this information was last updated in November 2013.

Apply to Your State for State Educational Agency (SEA) Grant Funds

  1. Charter schools located in one of the states listed below should apply directly to their state education agency for grant funds. These states have received CSP funds under the Charter Schools Program State Educational Agency (SEA) grant program, and are responsible for awarding subgrants to individual charter schools. The U.S. Department of Education does not decide which charter schools within each state receive funds. For more information, please contact the person in your State whose name is listed under Funding Contacts on this page.

  2. Arizona Arkansas California Colorado
    District of Columbia Florida Georgia Indiana
    Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota New Hampshire
    New Jersey New York Rhode Island
    South Carolina
    Tennessee Texas Wisconsin  

    Apply Directly to the U.S. Department of Education for Grant Funding

  3. If an individual charter school is located in a state or a territory that does not receive a charter schools SEA grant, you may be eligible to compete for a direct federal grant under the Charter Schools Program Non-State Educational Agency (Non-SEA) grant program. Applicants for this competition should contact the U.S. Department of Education’s Charter Schools Program directly at

  4. Alaska

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

    Ineligible for Federal Charter School Grant Funding

  5. The following states and territories 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

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 Education    
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    

Funding Information from the National Charter Schools Resource Center

The National Charter Schools Resource Center (NCSRC), funded by the U.S. Department of Education, contains a wealth of information for anyone interested in charter schools, including news of upcoming grant opportunities. The NCSRC provides information on grant possibilities for charter schools from a range of places: states, foundations, the private sector, and many Federal government departments and agencies. Go to:

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Last Modified: 11/20/2013