Charter School Programs

What’s New

Announcing a Notice Inviting Applications for CMO Grants

On November 10, 2022, the U.S. Department of Education’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Expanding Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Program – Grants to Charter Management Organizations for the Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools (CMO Grants) program published a Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) in the Federal Register. The NIA can be accessed here.

CSP Final Rule Released

On March 14, 2022, the U.S. Department of Education published in the Federal Register the Notice of Proposed Priorities, Requirements, Definitions, and Selection Criteria-Expanding Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Program (CSP)-Grants to State Entities (SE Grants); Grants to Charter Management Organizations for the Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools (CMO Grants); and Grants to Charter School Developers for the Opening of New Charter Schools and for the Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools (Developer Grants). The deadline for public comments was April 13, 2022. We received over 25,000 public comments, which can be viewed on the Federal eRulemaking Portal at

On July 6, 2022, the Notice of Final Priorities, Requirements, and Selection Criteria (NFP link) and NIAs for the State Entity (84.282A (NIA link)) and Developer (84.282B and 84.282E (NIA link)) grant programs published in the Federal Register. You can access the notices along with an accompanying Fact Sheet, at the below links.

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The Office of the Charter School Programs (CSP) administers discretionary grants that support the startup of new charter schools and the replication and expansion of high-quality charter schools serving students in prekindergarten through grade 12. Funds also support grants to improve charter schools’ access to facilities and information dissemination and evaluation activities.

The CSP also funds the National Charter School Resource Center (NCSRC). The NCSRC provides technical assistance to CSP funded grantees and is tasked with creating high-quality charter school resources like case studies, webinars, toolkits, and reports to support the broader charter sector. To access products and publications produced by the NCSRC please visit their website at: To receive the NCSRC’s quarterly newsletter which contains their latest research and publications, and other announcements related to the charter sector, please click here:

Parties interested in receiving information from the U.S. Department of Education concerning the CSP and other education related grant programs can receive periodic updates by clicking on this link:

Program Description

The Charter School Programs (CSP) provides funds to:

  • create promising new public charter schools,
  • replicate high-quality public charter schools, and
  • disseminate information about effective practices within charter schools.

Federal funds are also available to help charter schools:

  • find suitable facilities;
  • reward high-quality charter schools that form exemplary collaborations with traditional public schools; and
  • invest in other national initiatives that support charter schools.

Each year, the CSP publishes notices inviting applications in the Federal Register for CSP’s federal discretionary grant programs.

The Charter School listserv is a free service. Subscribers interested in grants, can receive periodic information relevant to charter schools. If you would like to receive information on these grants, please click on this link to subscribe.