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.
In addition to baseline funding of $600,000, charter schools are eligible for additional funding if they meet the priorities described below.
Access and Equity: ESE will provide $175,000 additional CSP grant funding to schools that either:
Commit to backfilling all vacancies through grade 10 in alignment with current backfilling procedures1, or
Adopt an explicit mission and educational program designed to:
Specifically serve English language learners, or
Specially serve students who are disconnected, over-age and under-credited, or off-track in their high school education;
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 expanding with:
at least 250 seats in the first year of operation for regular charter schools; or
at least 100 seats in the first year of operation for alternative charter schools serving students who are disconnected, over-age and under-credited, and are off-track in their education preparing them for high school graduation.
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.
Option C — Implementation: These funds are available to charter schools that are in operation and serving students beyond the second year.
Federal CFDA 84.282
Funding is subject to federal appropriation. Each allocation is projected to be from approximately $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.
Funding is contingent upon availability. All dollar amounts listed are estimated/approximate and are subject to change. If more funding is to become available it will be distributed under the same guideline as listed in the initial RFP document.
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 construction or to purchase food. More information on how the grant can be spent can be found in Part II — Required Program Information and in the CSP non-regulatory guidance.
Option A — Planning Period
Option B — Implementation (within Year 1 and Year 2)
Indirect costs may not be charged to these grants.
Option CAll of the requirements of Option A and B and/or an approved DESE CSP Subgrant Waiver of certain required expenses.
Upon approval – 6/30/2020 allocated annually depending on charter award date. Grant cannot exceed 36 months in total from first allocation.
Office of Charter Schools and School Redesign
Option A or B: July 1, 2019Option C: November 1, 2019
Submit all required grant materials through EdGrants
In EdGrants, districts are required to create and name the project. Please use the following naming convention for your "Applicant Project Name" in EdGrants:
All required forms should be uploaded / attached in the Attachments List formlet of the Application Submission. This includes a signed / scanned PDF of Part I / Coversheet with School Leaders signature. For Guidance Documents regarding EdGrants, visit EdGrants: User Guides and Information.
Please note: It is up to the school to determine who they want to add as EdGrants Front Office users in order to submit grant application as well as payment request information. Please review the EdGrants: User Security Controls document to make informed decisions regarding assigning your district level users.
1 Currently, Massachusetts charter schools are only required to backfill half of the grades that they serve, and high schools are only required to backfill in grade 9.
Last Updated: June 4, 2019
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