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2020-21 Public Charter Schools Grant Program (PCSGP)

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

Funding Description

The Federal PCSGP is a discretionary grant program administered by the Charter Schools Division. Applications are reviewed by peer evaluators and awarded to school developers to assist in the development and initial operations of newly established/conversion charter schools, as well as assist in the expansion/replication of high-quality charter schools. Applicants must be a non-profit entity or LEA at the time of application submission. Individuals and for-profit entities will not meet eligibility requirements.


Eligible Applicants Local educational agencies, nonprofit organizations
Required Eligibility Criteria A newly established or conversion classroom-based charter school may be eligible for a Planning, Implementation, or Replication sub-grant, provided that the school did not begin serving students prior to July 1, 2019. A Non-classroom-based and virtual charter school may be eligible for an Expansion sub-grant, provided the school meets the definition of a high-quality charter school. Applicants must have not received a CSP grant from CDE or ED within the past five years.
Other Eligibility Considerations A developer, as defined by ESEA section 4310(5), must have an approved charter petition from an authorized public chartering authority by the due date of the RFA. If the charter school has an approved charter petition, but is not yet serving students, the applicant must include proof of charter petition approval as part of the PCSGP application and proof the school notified the authorizer of their intent to apply for PCSGP grant 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 Authorized under Title IV, Part C of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESEA) (20 U.S.C.7221-7221j).
Source / Type Federal / Grant
State Fiscal Year 2020-21
SACS Resource / Revenue Codes 4610 / 8290
Total Available $6,000,000
Recipient Amount $100,000 base funding
Match Requirement No
Allocation Formula There are four sub-grants being offered through this RFA: Planning, Implementation, Replication, and Expansion, all of which have varying award amounts. Planning, Implementation, and Replication sub-grants may not exceed $600,000. Expansion sub-grants may not exceed $300,000. There may be one additional opportunity to apply for supplemental funding, of up to $100,000, to specifically serve educationally disadvantaged students.

Important Dates

Date Application Available January 7, 2021
Due Date March 23, 2021
Expected Notification Date March 30, 2021

Additional Information

Application Request for Applications []
Background Public Charter Schools Grant Program []
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Funding ResultsFunding Results []
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Program PCSGP Unit, 916-323-0482,
Fiscal Tamie Thompson, 916-319-0293,
Division Charter School Division, 916-322-6029 (phone), 916-322-1465 (fax)
Last Modified: March 27, 2023
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