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On Tuesday, May 10, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education published in the Federal Register a Notice Inviting Applications for the Charter Schools Program (CSP) Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools Competition (CMO). The CSP CMO program is a competitive grant program designed to assist non-profit charter management organizations, and other entities that are not for-profit entities, in replicating or expanding high-quality charter schools with demonstrated records of success. Applicants must have experience operating more than one high-quality charter school, and demonstrate that at least 60 percent of all students in the charter schools it currently operates or manages are individuals from low-income families to be considered for funding. Since its inception in 2010, the CMO program has invested $266 million in the Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools grantees. Descriptions of the previous grantees can be found on the Awards webpage.

In 2016, the Department estimates using $65,000,000 for this competition and making 10-20 awards (the Department is not bound by any estimates). Applications are due Friday, June 24, 2016 by 4:30:00 p.m. (Washington DC time), and must be submitted through Grants.gov.

FY 2016 CSP CMO Notice Inviting Applications

Posted in the Federal Register on May 10, 2016     PDF (241 KB)     HTML (256 KB)

FY 2016 CSP CMO Correction Notice

Posted in the Federal Register on May 17, 2016*   PDF (202 KB)   HTML (204 KB)

*Please note the FY 2016 CSP Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools notice inviting applications includes two errors, which have been corrected in a recent Federal Register notice, published on May 17, 2016. The pre-application webinar will be held on May 24, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. (Washington DC time), rather than what is stated in the Notice Inviting Applications. In addition, the deadline for the transmittal of applications will be June 24, 2016 at 4:30:00 p.m. (Washington DC time), rather than what is stated in the Notice Inviting Applications.

FY 2016 Competition Timeline

  • Pre-Application Webinar: May 24, 2016**
  • Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 24, 2016
  • Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: August 23, 2016

**Please note the FY 2016 CSP Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools notice inviting applications includes two errors, which have been corrected in a recent Federal Register notice, published on May 17, 2016. The pre-application webinar will be held on May 24, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. (Washington DC time), rather than what is stated in the Notice Inviting Applications. In addition, the deadline for the transmittal of applications will be June 24, 2016 at 4:30:00 p.m. (Washington DC time), rather than what is stated in the Notice Inviting Applications.

FY2016 Application Information

Pre-Application Webinar:

  • The Department will hold a pre-application Webinar for prospective applicants on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Washington DC time).**
  • This webinar will review the priorities, selection criteria, and the application and eligibility requirements, in addition to the steps required to complete the grants.gov registration process.
  • Please pre-register by emailing your name, organization, and contact information with the subject heading “CMO PRE-APPLICATION MEETING” to CharterSchools@ed.gov by 12:00 pm on the day of the webinar. A link will be sent to you the day of the webinar, so please provide the correct name and email address for those who are attending.

**Please note the FY 2016 CSP Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools notice inviting applications includes two errors, which have been corrected in a recent Federal Register notice, published on May 17, 2016. The pre-application webinar will be held on May 24, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. (Washington DC time), rather than what is stated in the Notice Inviting Applications. In addition, the deadline for the transmittal of applications will be June 24, 2016 at 4:30:00 p.m. (Washington DC time), rather than what is stated in the Notice Inviting Applications.

Application Submission:

  • Applications must be submitted electronically through the Grants.gov system at http://grants.gov/.
  • Please do not e-mail an electronic copy of a grant application to us.

Registering on Grants.gov:

  • Applicants must register at Grants.gov prior to submitting an application.
  • Grants.gov recommends allowing several weeks to complete all registration steps.
  • You may begin working on your application while completing the registration process, but you cannot submit an application until all of the registration steps are complete.
  • For detailed information on the registration steps, please go to: https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/OrcRegister or review our tips for the registration process.

Application Package:

  • The application package that must be submitted can be found on the grants.gov website.
  • In developing their applications, applicants should review the application package for additional information concerning the priorities, application requirements, and selection criteria of this notice, as well as more detailed information on the submission process.

For hard copy application packages, contact:

Brian Martin
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW, RM 4W257
Washington, DC 20202
Phone: (202)205-9085
Email: Brian.Martin@ed.gov

Required Application Forms

Please Note: most of these forms are already in the electronic application packet in Grants.gov. Here is a list of the required forms that must be completed, examples of which can be found here.

  • ED Form 424--Application for Federal Education Assistance (Form and Instructions)
  • ED Form 524--Budget Information, Non-Construction Programs
  • ED Form 524--Instructions
  • Standard Form 424B--Assurances, Non-Construction Programs
  • Grants.gov Lobbying Form; Debarment, Suspension and Other Responsibility Matters; and Drug-Free Workplace Requirements
  • Standard Form LLL--Disclosure of Lobbying Activities
  • Required Response to Section 427 of GEPA

Invitational Priority - Rigorous Evaluation

The FY 2016 Replication and Expansion grant competition includes an invitational priority that encourages applicants to conduct rigorous evaluations of practices within their schools, with the goal of producing that will, if well implemented, produce evidence that meets What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) Evidence Standards.

For technical assistance in developing effective performance measures and effective evaluation processes, applicants are encouraged to review information provided by the Department’s Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs). The RELs seek to build the capacity of States and school districts to incorporate data and research into education decision-making. Each REL provides research support and technical assistance to its region but makes learning opportunities available to educators everywhere. The REL Northeast and Islands has created the following resource on logic models: http://relpacific.mcrel.org/resources/elm-app/.


Previous Competition

To learn more about the previous competition, please visit the below link.

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Last Modified: 05/18/2016