Charter Schools Program Non-SEA Grant Competitions Announced

The U.S. Department of Education’s Charter Schools Program (CSP) announced two new Non-State Educational Agency (Non-SEA) grant competitions, with an application deadline of July 11, 2014.

The CSP’s Non-SEA Planning, Program Design, and Implementation competition provides grants directly to charter school developers so they can plan, design, and complete the initial implementation of their schools. The Non-SEA Dissemination competition provides grants directly to existing public charter schools, which they can use to assist other schools in adapting the charter school’s program (or certain aspects of the charter school’s program) or to disseminate information about the charter school.

For FY 2014, the Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards includes one absolute priority — improving achievement and high school graduation rates in high-poverty schools; only applications that meet this priority will be considered for an award.

The Department plans to award up to $4 million in these competitions and estimates making between 18 and 22 awards. The estimated average size of awards is $200,000 per year for up to three years (the Department is not bound by these estimates).

Applications are due by July 11, 2014, at 4:30:00 p.m. (EDT), and must be submitted through does not require registration to download and work on an application, but registration is required for application submission. Click here for more information. Registration is a multi-step process, and recommends allowing several weeks to complete the registration process.

Click here for more information on the Non-SEA Planning, Program Design, and Implementation competition, and here for the Non-SEA Dissemination competition, including links to archived pre-application webinars and samples of past applications.