Charter Schools Program Grants for Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools
On January 13, 2017, the United States Department of Education (Department) published in the Federal Register (82 FR 4322) a notice inviting applications (NIA) for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2017 for the CSP Grants to Charter Management Organizations for the Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools program (CMO program). Through the CSP CMO competition, the Department provides funds to charter management organizations (CMOs) on a competitive basis to enable them to replicate or expand one or more high-quality charter schools. Grant funds may be used to expand the enrollment of one or more existing high-quality charter schools, or to replicate one or more new charter schools that are based on an existing, high-quality charter school model.
On March 1, 2017, the Department published a correction notice in the Federal Register that corrects several references to “section 1111(c)(2) of the ESEA, as amended by the NCLB,” and reopens the competition for two weeks, until March 15, 2017, at 4:30:00 pm, Washington, DC time. Click here for our responses to anticipated questions that potential applicants may have related to the correction notice and new deadline for application submission.
Since its inception in 2010, the CMO program has invested $266 million in the Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools grantees. Descriptions of the previous grantees can be found on the Awards webpage.
In 2017, the Department estimates using $57,000,000 for this competition and making 10-20 awards (the Department is not bound by any estimates). Applications are due Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by 4:30:00 p.m. (Washington DC time), and must be submitted through Grants.gov.
FY 2017 CSP CMO Notice Inviting Applications
FY 2017 Competition Timeline
- Pre-Application Webinar: January 24, 2017
- To listen to the recording of the webinar please click here.
- To review the webinar slides, please click here: PDF (3 MB).
- Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: February 27, 2017
- Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: April 28, 2017
FY 2017 Application Information
- The Department held a pre-application Webinar for prospective applicants on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Washington DC time).
- This webinar reviewed the priorities, selection criteria, and the application and eligibility requirements, in addition to the steps required to complete the grants.gov registration process.
- A recording of the webinar is available here.
- Applications must be submitted electronically through the Grants.gov system at http://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.
- Grants.gov recommends allowing several weeks to complete all registration 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 or review our tips for the registration process.
- 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.
- In developing their applications, applicants should review the application package for additional information concerning the priorities, application requirements, and selection criteria of this notice, as well as more detailed information on the submission process.
Hard Copy Applications: For hard copy application packages, contact:
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW, RM 4W259
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
Invitational Priority - Rigorous Evaluation of School Practices
The FY 2017 Replication and Expansion grant competition includes an invitational priority that encourages applicants to conduct rigorous evaluations of practices within their schools, with the goal of producing that will, if well implemented, produce evidence that meets What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) Evidence Standards.
For technical assistance in developing effective performance measures and effective evaluation processes, applicants are encouraged to review information provided by the Department’s Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs). The RELs seek to build the capacity of States and school districts to incorporate data and research into education decision-making. Each REL provides research support and technical assistance to its region but makes learning opportunities available to educators everywhere. The REL Northeast and Islands has created the following resource on logic models: http://relpacific.mcrel.org/resources/elm-app/.
To learn more about the previous competitions, please visit the below links.