The U.S. Secretary of Education was authorized to award grants for this competition (Catalog of Domestic Assistance number 84.282P) under the national activities authority in Section 5205 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended. 20 U.S.C. 7221-7221j; Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010, Division D, title LIII, Pub. L. 111-117
A non-regulatory guidance handbook addresses questions the Department receives regarding various provisions of the CSP statute and provides examples of ways to implement it. The handbook can be found at: MS Word (203 KB)
The link to the 2012 notice that appeared in the Federal Register and provided detailed information is https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2012/07/30/2012-18577/application-for-new-awards-charter-schools-program-csp-charter-school-exemplary-collaboration-awards.