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Charter School Growth Fund: Seed Funding

Deadline: November 29, 2021

Note: The Priority Application Deadline is November 29, 2021; the Final Application Close Date is January 10, 2022.

The Charter School Growth Fund (CSGF) is looking for the next generation of entrepreneurs from across the country to join the growing portfolio of leaders who have received support to date. CSGF identifies the country’s best public charter schools, funds their growth and helps to increase their impact. CSGF will support the growth of the next cohort of high-performing, charter school networks led by entrepreneurs who currently lead single-site or early-stage charter school networks and want to grow them into two- to five-school networks.

Selected leaders will join a cohort of their peers who lead public charter school networks in the early stages of growth. As a community, they participate in annual events including the Portfolio Retreat and smaller convenings. CSGF supports charter leaders in overcoming the common challenges facing schools and networks that are beginning to grow. The targeted support provided includes facilities insights, and access to the best resources from the CSGF portfolio.

Applicants should demonstrate:

  • Proven Leadership—A track record of three-to-five years of demonstrated success in a leadership role at a charter school or early-stage charter school network.
  • Academic Performance—A record of operating schools that outperform the local school district on state-administered assessments, and perform well compared to the average school in their state.
  • Commitment To Underserved Students—A commitment to serving students from underserved backgrounds and working in communities with few high-quality public-school options. This includes, but is not limited to, low-income students, overage and under credited students, students with special needs, foster youth, and homeless youth.

CSGF highly encourages certain leaders and schools to apply, including:

  • Leaders of Color—CSGF seeks to significantly expand the impact of public charter schools led by entrepreneurs who have backgrounds similar to those of the students and families they serve. Within each cohort, there are unique learning, support, and community-building opportunities, specifically for leaders of color.
  • Those operating in the southeastern US—CSGF is committed to supporting leaders who operate or are planning to operate in the southeast where there has been a traditional lack of funding and a scarcity of high-quality options for students and families.
  • Those practicing diverse educational approaches—CSGF seeks to support schools that use innovative approaches as a core element of their model to better serve their student population. (e.g. arts-focused, project-based learning, community-centered, computer science focused, classical education model, etc.)

Amount: General operating funds ranging between $250,000 and $750,000 will be awarded, and will be disbursed over a two- to three-year period.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants include 1) schools and networks that will begin growing in the next two years (Fall 2022 or Fall 2023), and will serve 250 to ~1,000 additional students, typically by adding between one to three schools; 2) leaders who are looking to open their first charter school in Fall 2022 or Fall 2023.

Link: https://chartergrowthfund.org/


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