Application Info and Eligibility

Applicant Information

The FY 2020 State Entities Competition application period closed Friday, May 15, 2020.

Additional information can be found on the FY2020 Competition page.

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.

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 CSP State Entities grant.. State entities in States in which a State entity has a current CSP State Entity grant that is in its final budget period (i.e., Texas), however, are eligible to apply for a new CSP State Entity grant under this competition.

Accordingly, State entities in States in which a State entity has a current CSP State Entities grant that is not in its final budget period (i.e., Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wisconsin) are ineligible to apply for a CSP State Entities grant under this competition. Consistent with section 4303(e)(1), if a State entity is approved for a new CSP State Entities grant under this competition for use in a State in which a State entity has a current CSP State Entities grant that is in its final budget period (i.e. Texas), all funding under the current CSP State Entities grant must be obligated prior to the end of the final budget period. Likewise, if multiple State entities in a State submit applications that receive high enough scores to be recommended for funding under this competition, only the highest-scoring application among such State entities would be funded.

State entities in States in which an SEA has a current CSP Grant for SEAs that was awarded under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (i.e., prior to FY 2017) are eligible to apply for a CSP State Entities grant under this competition, so long as no other State entity in the State has a current CSP State Entities grant that is not in its final budget period.

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
Arizona Idaho Minnesota New York Washington
Arkansas Indiana Mississippi North Carolina Wisconsin
Colorado Maryland New Hampshire Oklahoma

 

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

 

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

*If a State entity is approved for a new CSP State Entities grant under this competition for use in a State in which a State entity has a current CSP State Entities grant that is in its final budget period, all funding under the current CSP State Entities grant must be obligated prior to the end of the final budget period.  

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/.

Last Modified: 05/28/2020