The Federal Charter Schools Program (CSP), authorized by 20 U.S.C. § 7221-7221j and administered by the U.S. Department of Education, provides funding to State Educational Agencies with the purpose of 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 new charter schools, and for the dissemination of best practices that lead to academic success. In 2016, the Georgia Department of Education (the Department) was awarded a competitive grant under this federal program for $46,404,184 for fiscal years 2017-2019.
The FY 2018 Georgia CSP Subgrant Application Competition is an opportunity for FY2018 Eligible Charter Schools* locally-approved charter schools and state charter schools to compete for the following types of subgrants:
- Planning Subgrant– up to $75,000 for the initial costs associated with the planning and project design of a charter school program
- Implementation Subgrant– from $425,000 to $775,000 (depending on the charter school’s model) for initial start-up costs and implementation of a charter school program
- Dissemination Subgrant– up to $225,000 for the dissemination of best practices that improve academic achievement among charter schools and traditional public schools
The Department has $13,675,000 available for Planning & Implementation Subgrants and $900,000 available for Dissemination Subgrants. The Department estimates making up to 14 Planning & Implementation Subgrant awards and 4 Dissemination Subgrant awards (the Department is not bound by any estimates). Applications are due by Friday, January 19, 2018 at 4:00 pm (EST).
* A list of charter schools eligible for FY18 CSP Planning and/or Implementation Subgrants can be viewed FY2018 Eligible Charter Schools. The eligibility criteria can be found on pages 6-7 of the application.
* A list of charter schools eligible for FY18 CSP Dissemination Subgrants can be viewed FY2018 Eligible Charter Schools. The eligibility criteria for FY18 Dissemination Subgrants can be found on pages 3-5 of the application.
FY 2018 Competition Timeline
- Pre-Application Webinar: Tuesday, December 5, 2017
- FAQ/Quality Grant Writing Webinar: Tuesday, December 12, 2017
- Deadline for Submission of Applications: Friday, January 19, 2018 at 4:00 pm
- **State Board of Education Meeting: Thursday, March 29, 2018 (meeting at which awards will be considered)
- **Notification of Awards: Friday, March 30, 2018