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Deadline: September 12, 2014

U.S. Department of Education: Charter School Program – National Leadership Activities

The purpose of the Charter School Program (CSP) Grants for National Leadership Activities competition is to support efforts by eligible entities to improve the quality of charter schools by providing technical assistance and other types of support on issues of national significance and scope.

An applicant for a CSP Grants for National Leadership Activities grant must choose one of the following two absolute priorities and cannot submit an application under multiple absolute priorities:

Absolute Priority 1—Improving Efficiency through Economies of Scale. This priority is for projects of national significance and scope that promote shared systems for acquiring goods or services to achieve efficiencies in the use of time, staff, money, services for special populations, or other resources for the purpose of creating, supporting, and sustaining high-quality charter schools. An applicant addressing this priority must apply as part of an existing or proposed partnership or consortium that includes two or more high-quality charter schools.

Absolute Priority 2—Improving Accountability. This priority is for projects of national significance and scope that are designed to improve authorized public chartering agencies’ capacity to conduct rigorous application reviews; monitor and oversee charter schools using multiple sources of data, including disaggregated student data, and measurable performance goals; close underperforming schools; replicate and expand high-performing schools; maintain a portfolio of high-quality charter schools; and evaluate and disseminate information on the performance of charter schools.

Amount: Up to $4,000,000 is available for 5-8 awards ranging from $500,000-$800,000 per year.

Eligibility:  Eligible applicants include (1) State educational agencies (SEAs) in States with a State statute specifically authorizing the establishment of charter schools; (2) authorized public chartering agencies; (3) public and private nonprofit organizations with a mission that explicitly includes operating, supporting, or managing charter schools; and (4) public and private nonprofit organizations in partnership with an SEA, authorized public chartering agency, or a public or private nonprofit organization with a mission that explicitly includes supporting charter schools.


Federal Register Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-14/pdf/2014-16456.pdf

Note: There is a webinar on this opportunity on July 22, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Washington, DC time.

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