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Public Charter Schools Grant Program

NOTE: The application due date for this program has passed.

Funding Description

The federal Public Charter Schools Grant Program (PCSGP) is administered by the Charter Schools Division. Grants are reviewed by peer evaluators and awarded on a quarterly basis to nonprofit entities and local education agencies that are likely to develop and open high-quality charter schools. The primary focus of the PCSGP is to create charter schools that will provide public school choice to students whose assigned traditional public school is chronically low performing.


Eligible Applicants Local educational agencies, nonprofit organizations
Required Eligibility Criteria Planning and Implementation (P&I) grants are available to charter schools after the charter petition has been approved at the local level.
Other Eligibility Considerations Higher award amounts are given to applicants seeking to operate charter schools that will serve students whose home attendance area contains a traditional public school that is in Program Improvement (PI), Years 3, 4, or 5 and has an Academic Performance Index (API) state decile rank of 1 or 2.
Eligible Grade Level(s) K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Eligible Age Level(s) 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18


Legal Authority Budget Act Item 6110-112-0890: 20 U.S. Code sections 7221-7221j
Source / Type State / Grant
State Fiscal Year 2010-11
SACS Resource / Revenue Codes 4610 / 8290
Total Available Unavailable
Recipient Amount $250,000-$575,000
Match Requirement No
Allocation Formula All P&I grantees are eligible for the maximum grant award allowable as determined by enrollment, type of school, and location of the school. See the Maximum P&I Award Amounts table (Table 2 on page nine of the Request for Applications) for more information.

Important Dates

Date Application Available November 1, 2010
Due Date March 31, 2011
Expected Notification Date June 30, 2011

Additional Information

Application Request for Applications []
Background Public Charter Schools Grant Program []
Fiscal Unavailable
Funding ResultsPCSGP Funding Results for 2010-11 []
Other Unavailable


Program Charter Schools Division, 916-322-6029,
Fiscal Charter Schools Division, 916-322-6029,
Division Charter School Division, 916-322-6029 (phone), 916-322-1465 (fax)
Last Modified: March 11, 2013

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