Funding and Legislation

The chart below provides the amount of Charter Schools Program (CSP) – Developer Grants for the Opening of New Charter Schools and for the Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools (Developer Grants) funding for each fiscal year (FY) since 2009.

Fiscal Year (FY) Funding for new awards Funding for continuation awards
FY 2020 $5,119,997
FY 2019 $5,533,613 $290,950
FY 2018 $16,495,175 $1,390,348
FY 2016 $3,325,107 $2,784,727
FY 2015 $1,201,396 $4,932,455
FY 2014 $4,016,174 $3,480,688
FY 2013 $2,898,580 $2,372,383
FY 2012 $3,523,410 $2,575,174
FY 2011 $4,290,345 $2,323,492
FY 2010 $2,694,052 $3,686,365
FY 2009 $2,128,106 $2,011,948

Laws, Regulations, and Guidance

Legislation

  • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
  • Title V, Part B, Subpart 1 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA), Section 5201 – 5211 (20 U.S.C. 7221-7221)
  • Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (Pub. L. No. 113-235) PDF (1.47 KB)
  • Charter School Program Assurances for Non-State Educational Agencies PDF (86KB)

Regulations

  • Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR)
  • Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (2 CFR 200)
  • Uniform Guidance Technical Assistance for Grantees. (Uniform Guidance TA)

Guidance

Nonregulatory Guidance

  • ESSA Flexibility Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (December 2017) PDF (190 KB)
  • ESSA Flexibility Webinar Recording and Slides
  • Dear Colleague Letter –ESSA flexibilities for CSP Grantees (November 2017) PDF (196 KB)
  • Dear Colleague Letter – Guidance and Federal Resources on Appropriate and Effective Oversight of Public Charter Schools (September 2015) PDF (317 KB)
  • Charter Schools Program Nonregulatory Guidance (updated January 2014) MS Word (204 KB)
  • CSP Guidance On the Use of Funds to Support Preschool Education (December, 2014) MS Word (45KB)
  • Guidance on the Voluntary Use of Race to Achieve Diversity and Avoid Racial Isolation in Elementary and Secondary Schools (December 2011) PDF (168KB)
  • Guidance Letter on Lottery Exemptions and Awards to Multiple Charter Schools Operating under a Single Charter (February 2008) PDF (1.4 MB)
  • Title I Requirements on Charter Schools Non-Regulatory Guidance (July 2004) MS Word (739KB)
  • Allocating Funds to Charter Schools (December 2000) PDF (543KB)

Application Guidance

  • Notice Inviting Applications – Non-SEA Charter Schools Program Grant (84.282B/E)*
    • 2019 PDF (363 KB)
    • 2018 PDF (252 KB)
    • 2016 PDF (240 KB)
    • 2014 PDF (247 KB)
    • 2013 PDF (240 KB)
    • 2012 PDF (231 KB)
    • 2011 PDF (209 KB)
    • 2010 PDF (171 KB)
    • 2009 PDF (68 KB)
      • Correction PDF (48 KB)
  • Pre-application Technical Assistance

*For the most up-to-date information on this grant program and any future or current notices please continue to check our website and search for current opportunities, and/or register for alerts from, at http://www.grants.gov searching CFDA 84.282.

Last Modified: 10/06/2020