Application Info and Eligibility

Applicant Information

The FY 2019 State Entities Competition application deadline was Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

Previous Competitions

To learn more about the previous competitions, please visit the below links.

Eligibility

State entities with a state statute specifically authorizing the establishment of charter schools may apply. Under section 4303(e)(1) of the ESEA, no State entity may receive a grant under this program for use in a State in which a State entity is currently using a grant received under this program.

All State entities located in States without an active State entity grant are eligible to apply for a grant under the State entity competition, including State entities in states with active grants awarded in years prior to FY2017.

  • The NIA states that “Under section 4303(e)(1) of the ESEA, no State entity may receive a grant under this program for use in a State in which a State entity is currently using a grant received under this program.”
  • The Department interprets the language in section 4303(e)(1) of the ESEA as applying only in cases where the active grant was awarded under the reauthorized program (the ESSA version of the ESEA).
  • Therefore, a State entity located in a State in which an SEA has an active grant awarded prior to FY 2017 (including an SEA with an active grant) is eligible to apply for a new award under this competition.

Please note: No applicant may receive a new award to conduct the same activities that are approved under the existing active grant; newly proposed activities must be outside the scope of currently funded activities.

The following charters illustrate which States are eligible and ineligible for FY2020.

INELIGIBLE STATES – STATES WITH ACTIVE ENTITY CSP GRANTS
Alabama Delaware Michigan New Mexico Rhode Island
Arkansas Idaho Minnesota New York Texas
Arizona Indiana Mississippi North Carolina Washington
Colorado Maryland New Hampshire Oklahoma Wisconsin

 

ACTIVE SEA CSP GRANTS – MUST BE NEW ACTIVITIES
California Louisiana Oregon
District of Columbia Massachusetts South Carolina
Florida Nevada Tennessee
Georgia Ohio Washington

   

ELIGIBLE STATES
Alaska Kansas Puerto Rico
Connecticut Kentucky Utah
Guam Maine Virginia
Hawaii Missouri West Virginia
Iowa New Jersey Wyoming
Illinois Pennsylvania

   

State entity means–>>

  1. A State educational agency;
  2. A State charter school board;
  3. A Governor of a State; or
  4. A charter school support organization.

Eligible applicant, when used with respect to subgrants made by a State entity, means a developer that has —

  1. applied to an authorized public chartering authority to operate a charter school; and
  2. provided adequate and timely notice to that authority.

Funding Restrictions: A State entity receiving a grant under this program shall:

  • use not less than 90 percent of the grant funds to award subgrants to eligible applicants for activities related to opening and preparing for the operation of new charter school or to replicate or expand high-quality charter schools;
  • reserve not less than seven percent of funds to provide technical assistance to eligible applicants and authorized public chartering agencies in opening and preparing for the operation of new charter schools or to replicate or expand high-quality charter schools and in improving authorizing quality, including developing capacity for, and conducting, fiscal oversight and auditing of charter schools; and
  • reserve not more than three percent of funds for administrative costs, which may include technical assistance.

Point of Clarification: Administrative costs and technical assistance costs combined cannot exceed 10% due to the “no less than 90%” subgrant requirement. However, technical assistance must be not less than seven percent and administrative costs can be no more than three percent.

Note: A charter school developer in a State in which no State entity has an application for a grant approved under CFDA 84.282A (State entities program or previously State Educational Agencies program) may apply for funding directly from the Department under the CSP Grants to Developers competitions. Additional information about the CSP Grants to Developers competitions is available at https://oese.ed.gov/offices/office-of-discretionary-grants-support-services/charter-school-programs/state-entities/.