Charter Schools Program

What’s New

Announcing New FY 2023 CSP Grant Awards!

On September 27, 2023, the U.S. Department of Education awarded approximately $235.8 million in new funds through 29 grants in three CSP programs, CSP State Entity Grants, CSP Developer Grants, and CSP Credit Enhancement Grants. These funds will be used to open, replicate, and expand charter schools across the country and support entities that demonstrate innovative methods of helping charter schools address the cost of acquiring, constructing, and renovating facilities by enhancing the availability of loans and bond financing.

For more information about each program’s FY 2023 grant competition and the new and previous awards, please visit the following websites:

Announcing a Notice Inviting Applications for CMO Grants

On September 26, 2023, the Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 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 was published in the Federal Register. The deadline to submit a grant application under this competition is 11:59:59 p.m. ET on January 5, 2024. The NIA can be accessed here. For more information about the FY 2024 CSP CMO Grants competition, please visit the FY 2024 CSP CMO Grants Competition webpage.


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.