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CFDA Number: 84.282A
Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive Grants
Also Known As: Charter Schools, Public Charter Schools Program, CSP

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Notice Inviting Application Released - FY 2016 CSP Grants for State Educational Agencies

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). This grant competition has an estimated $160,000,000 in funds and anticipates making 8-12 awards. 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.

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). PowerPoint slides from this Webinar can be found here.

For more information about the CSP SEA grant opportunity please visit the SEA Applicant Info and Eligibility page.


On March 31, 2016 we invited qualified individuals to apply to serve as grant application peer reviewers (CSP SEA Call for Peer Reviewers) by completing the Peer Reviewer Application Form. A hard copy of the peer reviewer application can be found here.

The application period for peer reviewers closed on April 15, 2016. If you have questions please contact the SEA competition manager, Kathryn Meeley by email:

Program Description

The purpose of the 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.

The Secretary awards grants to SEAs on a competitive basis to enable them to conduct charter school programs in their States. SEAs use their CSP funds to award subgrants to non-SEA eligible applicants in their State. These subgrants are used for two primary purposes: (1) planning, program design, and initial implementation of new charter schools; and (2) dissemination of information, including best practices, by charter schools open at least three consecutive years with demonstrated success in several areas, as specified by statute.

For more information on eligible SEAs, please click here.

Last Modified: 04/27/2016