Charter Schools Program State Educational Agencies (SEA) Grant
CFDA Number: 84.282A
Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive Grants
Also Known As: Charter Schools, Public Charter Schools Program, CSP
The U.S. Department of Education (Department) awarded approximately $142 million in new grants to six states under the FY 2016 Charter Schools Program State Educational Agencies competition. The investments will enable them to run state-level grant competitions to support approximately 354 new and expanding public charter schools. In addition, the Department announced awards to two deferred FY 2015 applicants for $35 million in order to support approximately 136 new and expanding public charter schools.
For more information about these awards, visit the Awards page.
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.