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Charter Schools Program State Educational Agencies (SEA) Grant

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

What's New

On June 15, 2015, the Department published in the Federal Register the Notice Inviting Applications for the 2015 Charter Schools Program Grants for State Educational Agencies (SEAs). Please see the Applicant Info page for more information about this year’s competition.

In addition, the Department published a Notice of Final Priorities for the SEA program concurrently with the NIA on June 15, 2015.

For more information about current SEA grantees, see the Awards page

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) 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: 06/15/2015