In addition to statutory funding provided to charter schools, there are several competitive grant opportunities awarded by the State Board of Education and administered by the Georgia Department of Education to assist charter schools in meeting their financial needs. Because each grant has a discrete purpose, eligibility, and usage requirements, charter schools seeking grant funding should carefully review the grant application and related information regarding the grant available from the Georgia Department of Education. A list of SCSC-identified ongoing external grant opportunities for state charters is available here.
Federal Charter School Program Planning and Implementation Grants
The Federal Charter School Program (CSP) Planning and Implementation Grants are two separate but related competitive grant programs. Only charter schools that have received approval from the by the State Charter Schools Commission (or local board of education and state board of education) are eligible to apply for CSP Planning and Implementation Grants. The charter school must be a new charter school that has not opened or has been open for less than 12 months.
CSP Planning Grants provide support for planning activities that occur between the time the school’s charter is approved and the time when the school opens its doors. Applicants for CSP Planning Grants may request up to $75,000 for planning activities, such as professional development of teachers and staff who will work in the charter school. CSP Planning Grant funding is available for a maximum of 12 months, or until the charter school opens, whichever occurs first.
CSP Implementation Grants provide support for the program design and initial implementation of charter schools. Start-up charter school applicants for CSP Implementation Grants may be awarded between $400,000 and $650,000 depending on the charter school’s student enrollment. CSP Implementation Grant funding may be used for expenses necessary for the initial costs of planning and designing, and implementing the school’s program, such as: supplies, materials, furniture, computers and other equipment utilized with the initial operational costs in implementing the school’s program. Funding provided through the CSP Implementation Grant is awarded over two years and must be spent over those 24 months.
Federal Charter School Program Dissemination Grants
The Federal Charter School Program (CSP) Dissemination Grant is a competitive grant program to provide funding to high-performing charter schools to promote best-practices that increase student achievement. Charter schools must meet eligibility criteria related to student performance, parental satisfaction, and be finically viable to be considered for a CSP Dissemination Grant. Grant awards range from $25,000 to $150,000 and may be available for up to two years depending on the scope of the project detailed in the charter school’s application.
Funding under the CSP Dissemination Grant cannot be used for the charter school’s operations. Funding under the CSP Dissemination Grant may only be used for the preparation and dissemination of a product or service, such as: assisting in the planning of new, independent charter schools, developing partnerships with other public schools to improve student performance in each of the partnered schools, developing materials and assessments that promote student achievement that are based on the successful practices of the charter school, and conducting evaluations and developing materials to document the successful practices of the charter school that are designed to improve student achievement.
Federal Charter School Program Substantial Expansion Grants
Beginning in 2013, the Georgia Department of Education is offering the opportunity to existing charter schools to apply for a competitive grant known as the Federal Charter School Program (CSP) Substantial Expansion Grant. The CSP Substantial Expansion Grant serves to assist charter schools that have operated for at least three years and are seeking to add at least two grade levels or increase student enrollment by at least 50% over the grant period. The grant period for the CSP Substantial Expansion Grant is two years, and funding may be utilized for expenses necessary for the expansion, such as: supplies, materials, furniture, computers and other equipment utilized to expand the school’s program.
Charter School Facility Grants
The Department of Administrative Services Surplus Property Division is responsible for the disposal of state and federal surplus property that may be of use to state charters. The state of Georgia conducts all sales of surplus property through public internet sales using the websites below. More information about state surplus property is available here: