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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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The U.S. Department of Education announces the publication of a Notice of Proposed Priorities, Requirements, Definitions, and Selection Criteria (NPP) for the Charter Schools Program (CSP) Grants to State educational agencies (SEA). The NPP was published in the Federal Register on November 19, 2014, and you may access the document at the following link: NPP. The deadline for submission of all public comments is January 5, 2015. Interested parties should submit comments through the Federal Government’s eRulemaking portal located at

The Charter Schools Program held its most recent SEA grant competition in Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, awarding new grants to the top two rated applications, New York and Florida. Three other states, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and New Jersey, received highly rated applications but could not be funded with the available FY 2011 funds. Therefore, the Charter Schools Program funded down the FY2011 slate using FY 2012 program funds.

For more information on the FY 2011 and FY 2012 grantees, click here.
For more information about the most recent competition, click here.
Information about the next competition: TBD

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.

The Secretary awards grants to State Educational Agencies (SEAs) on a competitive basis to enable them to conduct charter school programs in their States. SEA’s use their CSP funds to award subgrants to non-SEA eligible applicants in their State. These subgrants are used for two primary purposes: (1) initial planning, program design, and 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.

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Last Modified: 11/20/2014