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2021-23 Critical Friends Group Coach

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

Funding Description

The Federal Public Charter Schools Grant Program is a discretionary grant program administered by the Charter Schools Division. This funding will allow California Department of Education (CDE) to award up to five sub-grants to eligible applicants across the state to serve as Critical Friends Group® (CFG) Coaches, tasked with developing regional CFGs for charter schools in California, over a three year period, pending the approval of one No-Cost Extension for fiscal year (FY) 2023-24.


Eligible Applicants Local educational agencies, nonprofit organizations
Required Eligibility Criteria To be considered eligible for funding, applicants must have multiple years of experience working with a high-quality charter school(s). Eligible applicants must be local educational agencies, including school districts, charter and non-charter schools, or a county office of education, or a non-profit charter school support organization. Individuals and for-profit entities are not eligible for funding.
Other Eligibility Considerations Please refer to the Request for Applications for the full list of eligibility criteria.
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 2021-22
SACS Resource / Revenue Codes 4610 / 8290
Total Available $600,000
Recipient Amount See Allocation Formula
Match Requirement No
Allocation Formula The CDE intends to fund up to five sub-grant awards over three FYs, at approximately $40,000 per sub-grantee per FY. However, to maximize flexibility in the design of sub-grant projects, the CDE has not established minimum or maximum funding levels for sub-grants. The CDE will evaluate projects on a case-by-case basis. However, the CDE reserves the right to request budgetary revisions as a condition of funding.

Important Dates

Date Application Available July 29, 2021
Due Date September 22, 2021
Expected Notification Date October 6, 2021

Additional Information

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


Program Alison Ball, 916-319-0222,
Fiscal Tamie Thompson, 916-319-0293,
Division Charter School Division, 916-322-6029 (phone), 916-322-1465 (fax)
Last Modified: September 2, 2021
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