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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

FY 2016 CSP SEA Notice Inviting Applications

Posted in the Federal Register on April 21, 2016 PDF    HTML

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

Pre-Application Webinar:

  • 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,

Application Submission:

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

Registering on

  • Applicants must register at prior to submitting an application.
  • The registration process takes approximately 5 business days to complete, but 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:

Application Package:
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 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
Phone: (202)453-6818

Required Application Forms

Please Note: most of these forms are already in the electronic application packet in 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
  • 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

Previous Competitions

To learn more about the previous competitions, please visit the below links.


Last Modified: 04/27/2016