Charter School Program Grant

Background

In September 2019, the Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters) was awarded nearly $20M through the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP) Grant.

Ninety percent of these funds will be distributed through sub-grants to Washington state charter schools. These sub-grants will provide direct funding to open new and expand existing high-quality charter schools. In addition, remaining funds will be used to provide resources to support the overall quality and growth of the Washington charter sector and administration of the grant. Six five-year planning and implementation grants providing up to $1.5M each will be awarded; including up to $200,000 in planning year funding and up to $1,300,000 in implementation funds over four years.

Who is eligible for a sub-grant?

To be eligible to apply for the five-year planning and implementation sub-grant, a school must have an approved charter for a new school by a Washington state authorizer.

Sub-grant Application Process and Timeline

Once authorized, schools will submit portions of their charter application as well as separate CSP sub-grant specific application elements via an online portal. Once the application window closes, an impartial, independent team of evaluators will review the sub-grant applications and make recommendations for awards.

The sub-grant application window will be from July 1 through August 1, 2020. Awards will be made by late August and for those receiving the grant, reimbursements may begin starting October 1.

CSP sub-grants are awarded on a competitive basis. There is no guarantee that submitting a proposal will result in funding, or funding at the requested level. Sub-grants are subject to an annual renewal process.

What are allowable sub-grant expenditures?

Allowable expenses include:

  • Preparing teachers, school leaders and instructional support personnel through professional development
  • Hiring and compensating teachers, school leaders, and instructional support staff during the planning year
  • Acquiring supplies, training, equipment, and educational materials
  • Carrying out necessary renovations to ensure that a new school building complies with building regulations and minor facilities repairs (excluding construction)
  • One-time transportation start-up costs
  • Community engagement activities, including paying cost of student/staff recruitment and informing the community about the school

Learn More

For more information, please contact CSP Project Director and School Implementation Coach Jeannette Vaughn at jeannette@wacharters.org.

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