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Charter School Categorical Block Grant (Flexible Funds)

Funding Description

The charter school categorical block grant provides charter schools with a flexible source of unrestricted funds. Charter schools that receive funding through the charter categorical block grant are not eligible to apply separately for the categorical programs identified in Education Code (EC) Section 47634.4(f). The categorical block grant also includes an amount representing a charter school's entitlement for state Economic Impact Aid (EIA).


Eligible Applicants Other organizations or agencies
Required Eligibility Criteria Charter schools are eligible for the charter school categorical block grant. There is an exception if the charter school receives revenue limit funding.
Other Eligibility Considerations Charter schools serving students over the age of 19 should refer to Education Code sections 47612 and 47612.1 to determine whether average daily attendance (ADA) may be claimed.
Eligible Grade Level(s) K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Eligible Age Level(s) Not applicable


Legal Authority Budget Item 6110-211-0001 (as amended by control section 12.42), Education Code Section 47634.1
Source / Type State / Apportionment
State Fiscal Year 2012-13
SACS Resource / Revenue Codes 0000 / 8590
Total Available $291,668,000
Recipient Amount See allocation formula.
Match Requirement No
Allocation Formula The charter school categorical block grant has two funding components: $500 per unit of ADA for 2012-13 multiplied by the charter school ADA, and an amount in-lieu of EIA which is the statewide average amount of funding per identified educationally disadvantaged pupil multiplied by the number of educationally disadvantaged pupils enrolled in the charter school. The per-ADA entitlement plus the in-lieu of EIA funding constitute the total categorical block grant that the charter school will receive. The total amount available for the per-ADA allocation is $185,853,000; of this amount, $5,947,000 is deferred and not available until 2013-14. The amount available for the in-lieu of EIA allocation is $105,815,000.

Note: There are insufficient monies to fund the 2012-13 block grant at the $500 rate, which will require a deficit factor to be applied.

Important Dates

Date Application Available Unavailable
Due Date Unavailable
Expected Notification Date February 20, 2013

Additional Information

Application Unavailable
Background Apportionment & Categorical Funding Guidance []
Fiscal Principal Apportionments []
Other Unavailable


Program Byron Fong, 916-323-0498,
Fiscal Byron Fong, 916-323-0498,
Division School Fiscal Services Division, 916-324-4541 (phone), 916-322-5102 (fax)
Last Modified: August 13, 2012

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