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Public Charter Schools Grant Program Expansion Grant 2018-19 Round Two

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

Funding Description

The Federal Public Charter Schools Grant Program (PCSGP) is a discretionary grant program administered by the Charter Schools Division. Grant applications are reviewed by peer evaluators and Expansion sub-grants are awarded to high-quality charter schools to support the significant increase in enrollment or addition of one or more grade levels served. The Expansion sub-grant program is focused on closing the achievement gaps, and ensuring student academic success in state and national academic standards.


Eligible Applicants Local educational agencies, nonprofit organizations
Required Eligibility Criteria The charter school must meet the definition of a high quality charter school as defined by Section 4310(3) of ESEA, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Charter schools converted from a non-charter public school must be in operation as a charter school for at least three (3) consecutive years to be eligible. Charter schools continuously open, and with an open effective date on or before July 1, 2014 are eligible to apply.
Other Eligibility Considerations Charter schools must be significantly increasing enrollment (more than 25% of its current enrollment) or adding one or more grade levels served. Charter schools must be funding new or substantially different activities not previously supported by a planning and implementation sub-grant, and must not currently be receiving another Charter Schools Program grant or sub-grant funding. Please see additional eligibility requirements within the Request for Applications. Charter Management Organizations cannot receive PCSGP Expansion funds.
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 The Charter Schools Program is authorized under Title V, Part B, Subpart 1 of the ESEA (20 U.S.C. 7221–7221j); and the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, Pub. L. 114–113 (FY 2016 Appropriations Act). 
Source / Type Federal / Grant
State Fiscal Year 2018-19
SACS Resource / Revenue Codes 4610 / 8290
Total Available $4,000,000
Recipient Amount Unavailable
Match Requirement No
Allocation Formula Funding levels for Expansion Sub-grants are determined by the type of charter school. Applicants must indicate if the charter school is a classroom based, non-classroom based, virtual or online charter school. Classroom and Non-classroom based charter schools may apply for a base grant of up to $60,000. Classroom based charter schools only are eligible for additional funding based on the number of students included in the expansion. Additional funding will be calculated based on enrollment of students in specified expansion grade levels. Enrollment numbers must verified on California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) certified for each school. Classroom based schools may receive an additional $2,500 per pupil with a maximum of $100,000. Virtual or on-line charter schools, a subset of non-classroom based instruction, defined by California Code of Regulations 11963.5, are charter schools in which at least 80 percent of teaching and student learning occurs via the internet shall only be eligible for a maximum base award of $30,000.

Important Dates

Date Application Available September 25, 2018
Due Date November 29, 2018
Expected Notification Date January 1, 2019

Additional Information

Application Request for Applications []
Background Public Charter Schools Grant Program []
Fiscal Unavailable
Funding ResultsPublic Charter Schools Grant Program Expansion []
Other Unavailable


Program Linda Greer, 916-323-0482,
Fiscal Tamie Thompson, 916-319-0293,
Division Charter School Division, 916-322-6029 (phone), 916-322-1465 (fax)
Last Modified: January 2, 2020
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