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Charter Schools Program Grants for Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools

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CFDA Number: 84.282M
Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive Grants
Also Known As: Charter Management Organization competition

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Notice Inviting Applications Released - FY 2016 CSP Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools Competition

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). This grant competition has an estimated $65,000,000 in funds and anticipates making 10-20 awards. 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. Descriptions of the previous grantees from 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015 competitions can be found in the Awards section. Since its inception in 2010, the CMO program has invested $266 million in the Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools grantees.

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)* Please pre-register by emailing your name, organization, and contact information with the subject heading “CMO PRE-APPLICATION MEETING” to by 12:00 pm on the day of the webinar.

*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.

2016 Peer Reviewers

On May 4, 2016, we invited qualified individuals to apply to serve as grant application peer reviewers. Please send a copy of your resume and a brief summary of your qualifications based on the requirements listed in the Call for Peer Reviewers to, with the subject heading “PEER REVIEWER APPLICATION”. The application period for peer reviewers closes on May 20, 2016. If you have questions, please contact the CMO competition manager Brian Martin by email:

Program Description

The purpose of the Charter Schools Program (CSP) is to increase the national understanding of the charter school model by (1) expanding the number of high-quality charter schools available to students across the Nation by providing financial assistance for the planning, program design, and initial implementation of charter schools, and (2) by evaluating the effects of charter schools, including their effects on students, student academic achievement, staff and parents.

Under the Replication and Expansion for High-Quality Charter Schools competition, the CSP awards grants to eligible applicants, including non-profit charter management organizations. Eligible applicants must have demonstrated success, including success in increasing student academic achievement.

Grant funds may be used to expand enrollment of one or more existing charter schools by substantially increasing the number of available seats per school, or to open one or more new charter schools based on the model for which the eligible applicant has presented evidence of success.

Last Modified: 05/18/2016