U.S. Department of Education: Expanding Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Program – Replication and Expansion
The Charter Schools Program (CSP) Grants to Charter Management Organizations (CMO) for the Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools provides funds to CMOs to enable them to replicate or expand one or more high-quality charter schools. Grants may be used to expand the enrollment of one or more existing high-quality charter schools, or to replicate one or more new charter schools based on an existing high-quality charter school model.
CMOs must either demonstrate that they will replicate or expand high-quality charter schools in a rural community or that they operate or manage charter schools with student bodies that are comprised of at least 40 percent students who are individuals from low-income families. Applicants must choose to submit their applications under one of two absolute priorities:
- Rural community
- Low-income demographic
Additionally, there are five competitive preference priorities:
- Spurring investment in Qualified Opportunity Zones
- Number of charter schools operated or managed by the eligible applicant (applicants must demonstrate that they currently operate or manage two to five charter schools)
- Serving high school students
- Serving Native American students
- Reopening academically poor-performing schools as charter schools
Amount: Approximately $65,000,000 is available to make 15-20 grants ranging from $250,000-$15,000,000 per year and averaging $2,000,000 per year for up to five years.
Eligibility: Charter Management Organizations, defined as nonprofit organizations that operate or manage a network of charter schools linked by centralized support, operations, and oversight.
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