Charter Schools Program State Educational Agencies (SEA) Grant
On Thursday, April 21, 2016 the U.S. Department of Education published in the Federal Register, a notice inviting application for the Charter Schools Program (CSP) Grants for State Educational Agencies (SEA). The CSP SEA program is a competitive grant program that enables SEAs to run state-level grant competitions to support new high-quality public charter schools. The program also focuses on strengthening accountability across the charter school sector and on expanding access to high-quality charter schools for educationally disadvantaged students. To date, the Department has invested over $3 billion in the charter school sector. Descriptions of previous grantees can be found on the awards page.
In 2016, the Department estimates using $160,000,000 for this competition and making 8-12 awards (the Department is not bound by any estimates). Applications are due by June 1, 2016, at 4:30:00 p.m. (Washington, D.C. time), and must be submitted through Grants.gov.
FY 2016 CSP SEA Notice Inviting Applications
FY 2016 Competition Timeline
- Pre-Application Webinar: April 26, 2016
- Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 1, 2016
- Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: July 30, 2016
FY2016 Application Information
- The Department held a pre-application Webinar for prospective applicants on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Washington, D.C. time).
- The PowerPoint slides from this Webinar are available here.
- For additional information or questions please contact Kathryn Meeley by phone, (202)453-6818, or by email, Kathryn.Meeley@ed.gov.
- Applications must be submitted electronically through the Grants.gov system at http://www.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.
- The Grants.gov registration process takes approximately 5 business days to complete, but Grants.gov recommends allowing several weeks to complete all 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.
Application Package Instructions
- Please note this is an electronic copy of the application package instructions for you to download and use as a guide only.
- The application package that must be submitted can be found on the grants.gov website.
Hard Copy Applications: For hard copy application packages, contact:Kathryn Meeley
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW, RM 4W257
Washington, DC 20202
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