Agency: Office of Innovation and Improvement (DoEd); Program: Charter Schools Program: Grants to State Educational Agencies (CFDA Number: 84.282A); Eligibility: State governments; Funding: TBD (last year, DoEd distributed $116 million for 12 awards; Deadline: TBA, expect a NOFA in March with a July deadline.
Purpose: CDP (http://tinyurl.com/laup24o) increases 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.
This specific program awards grants to state educational agencies 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.