The purpose of this federally-funded Charter School Program (CSP) grant program is to provide significantly expanding1 Commonwealth and Horace Mann charter schools with funds for the implementation of the charter schools' educational plans, academic goals and objectives, and for meeting expansion related costs.
In addition to baseline funding of $400,000, expanding charter schools are eligible for additional funding if they meet specific design priorities described below.
Significant Expansion Implementation: These funds are available to charter schools that have been granted an amendment in FY15 and beyond by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to significantly expand.
For FY21 Alma Del Mar Charter School is eligible for the Significant Expansion Grant.
Federal CFDA 84.282
Funding is subject to federal appropriation.
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 implementation of their charter expansion as granted by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, as long as the requirements and monitoring benchmarks are met throughout the grant cycle. This grant must be used for actual expansion 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.
Indirect costs may not be charged to this grant.
Upon Approval – 6/30/2021
Office of Charter Schools and School Redesign
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Justification for additional flexibilities under ESSA (if applicable see Part IV below)
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:
FY21 532 CSP Grant School Name
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 Significant expansion is defined as a school that has been granted an amendment by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for (1) an increase in the student count of an existing charter school by more than 50 percent; or (2) an addition to an existing charter school of at least two consecutive grades; or (3) for an existing charter school with multiple campuses serving overlapping grades, meeting (1) or (2) for the campus with the largest enrollment.
2 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 18, 2020
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