Charter Schools Program Grants to Charter Management Organizations for the Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools (CMO Grants)


Discretionary/Competitive Grants

Charter Management Organization (CMO)

What’s New

FY 2023 CMO Grants Competition

On March 31, 2023, the U.S. Department of Education’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 CSP CMO Grants program awarded approximately $103.6 million in new grant funds to 13 CMOs across the country to replicate and expand one or more high-quality charter schools.

For more information about the FY 2023 CSP CMO Grants competition, which closed on January 3, 2023, please visit the FY 2023 CSP CMO Competition page.

For information about the FY 2023 CSP CMO Grants awards and previous awards, please visit the Awards page.

Program Description

The major purposes of the CSP are to:

  • expand opportunities for all students, particularly traditionally underserved students, to attend charter schools and meet challenging State academic standards;
  • provide financial assistance for the planning, program design, and initial implementation of public charter schools;
  • increase the number of high-quality charter schools available to students across the United States;
  • evaluate the impact of charter schools on student achievement, families, and communities;
  • share best practices between charter schools and other public schools;
  • aid States in providing facilities support to charter schools; and
  • support efforts to strengthen the charter school authorizing process.

Through CSP CMO Grants, the Department awards grants to CMOs on a competitive basis to enable them to replicate and/or expand one or more high-quality charter schools. Grant funds may be used to significantly increase the enrollment of, or add one or more grades to, an existing high-quality charter school or to open one or more new charter schools or new campuses of a high-quality charter school based on the educational model of an existing high-quality charter school. Charter schools that receive financial assistance through CSP CMO Grants provide programs of elementary or secondary education, or both, and may also serve students in early childhood education programs or postsecondary students, consistent with the terms of their charter.