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General Information - Charter School Grants

Information and forms necessary to successfully manage active Public Charter School Grant Program (PCSGP) awards.

Public Charter Schools Grant Program (PCSGP)

General Information

The purpose of the PCSGP is to finish planning and to open high-quality charter schools, and to share best practices developed within charter schools with other public charter and traditional schools. Federal law establishes grant project timelines. All grant work and expenditures must take place between the beginning and ending dates of the grant. The California Department of Education cannot extend, or waive, grant ending dates. In order to successfully complete grant projects and receive all grant payments, PCSGP award recipients must fulfill specific benchmark reports by specific due dates.


Payments are released to grant award recipients after, and only if, they successfully complete benchmark reports by specific due dates. Payments are transferred either to a local educational agency on behalf of grant recipients or, in the case of direct-funded award recipients, to their own account. It takes roughly four to six weeks for payments to reach award recipients after the California Department of Education triggers the release of funds. Grant award recipients are encouraged to double-check their reports for math errors and review them in comparison with the last approved budget and PCSGP allowable expenses before submitting them to the Charter Schools Division. Reports containing errors cannot be approved and put grant recipients at risk of delayed payments or forfeiting further payment and grant eligibility.

PCSGP Allowable Expenses []

Making Grant Changes

Grant recipients may change grant contact and budget information during the lives of their grants. To change contact information, submit your request in writing to:

California Department of Education
Charter Schools Division
Public Charter Schools Grant Program
1430 N Street, Suite 5401
Sacramento, CA 95814-5901

Numbered charter schools must also submit a CDS Code Change Request form to the CDS Data Administrator. The form and address may be found on the Schools & Districts Web page [].

Grant recipients must formally request approval for changes to their grant budgets only when their proposed changes impact the scope of their projects or the areas of contracts or training. Budget revision must be submitted using the online system. Grant recipients are responsible to follow federal law and PCSGP guidelines when making expenditures. Reports articulating disallowed expenditures will not be approved.

Questions: Charter School Staff | | 916-322-6029 
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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