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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2017

Charter School Start-Up Assistance Program
Fund Code: 535

Purpose:The purpose of this federally-funded Charter School Program (CSP) grant program is to provide new Commonwealth and Horace Mann charter schools with start-up funds for planning and implementing the charter schools' educational plans, academic goals and objectives, and for meeting start-up related costs.
Priorities: In addition to baseline funding of $500,000, charter schools are eligible for additional funding if they meet the priorities described below.
  1. Access and Equity: ESE will provide $175,000 additional CSP grant funding to schools that either:

    1. Commit to backfilling all vacancies through grade 10 in alignment with current backfilling procedures1, or

    2. Adopt an explicit mission and educational program designed to:

      1. Specifically serve English language learners, or

      2. Specially serve students who are disconnected, over-age and under-credited, or off-track in their high school education;

  2. Immediate High Impact: ESE will provide $125,000 in additional CSP grant funding to those charter schools that quickly provide new, high-quality educational seats to communities by opening with at least 250 seats in the first year of operation.

Eligibility: Option A — Planning Period: These funds are available to charter schools that have been granted a charter but have not yet opened.

Option B — Implementation: These funds are available to charter schools that are in their first and second year of operation serving students.

Funding:Funding is subject to federal appropriation. Each allocation is projected to be from $100,000 to $400,000 per year, depending on whether the priorities described above are met including the "Immediate High Impact" priority and the Access and Equity priorities. Specific grant awards will be sent to eligible charter schools under a separate cover.

Fund Use: All spending must be consistent with applicable state and federal regulations and guidelines. Schools are given discretion on how to spend their grant funds for the planning and implementation of their charter as granted by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, as long as the following requirements and monitoring benchmarks are met throughout the grant cycle. This grant must be used for actual startup and implementation costs and cannot be used for any type of construction or building improvements or to purchase food. More information on how the grant can be spent can be found in Part III — Required Program Information and in the CSP non-regulatory guidance.

Option A — Planning Period
  1. Budget narrative includes at least $5,000 for fiscal policies and procedures development and MCPPO training to obtain MCPPO certification.

  2. Budget narrative includes at least $10,000 for curriculum and assessment system development.

  3. Budget narrative includes at least $15,000 for development of a data management system (such as SIF).

  4. Budget narrative includes at least $5,000 for the recruitment of student populations targeted in charter.

  5. Pre-enrollment numbers must be submitted in a manner consistent with the chartered growth plan within the school's approved enrollment policy.

Option B — Implementation (within Year 1 and Year 2)
  1. If Option A award was not received; Budget Narrative includes Planning Period criteria 1-5.

  2. If Option A was received, evidence that Option A's requirements have been met successfully.

  3. Budget narrative includes at least $5,000 for governance development.

  4. Budget narrative includes at least $5,000 for an external review of initial school operations.

  5. Budget narrative includes at least $10,000 for initial implementation of data management systems.

  6. Budget narrative includes at least $2,500 for initial coursework for Sheltered English Immersion Endorsement for administrators and teachers.

  7. Verified enrollment figures are consistent with the chartered growth plan within the school's approved enrollment policy.

Indirect costs may not be charged to these grants.

Project Duration:Upon Approval — 8/31/2017 allocated annually depending on charter award date.
Program Unit:Office of Charter Schools and School Redesign
Contact:Joanna Laghetto
Phone Number:(781) 338-3221
Date Due:Will vary-each school will be informed of individual due date.
Required Forms:
Download Excel Document
Part I and II — Signature Page and Budget Workbook
Download Word Document
Part III — Required Program Information
Submission Instructions:Submit Part I and II with the signed scanned cover page with the signature of the charter school leader or Chair of the school's Board of Trustees electronically to jlaghetto@doe.mass.edu.


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Last Updated: November 23, 2016
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