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Charter Schools Program Grants

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) administers Charter Schools Program (CSP) grants to provide start-up funding to new, replicating and expanding public charter schools in the District of Columbia. Initial eligibility for the grant is determined by approval from the DC Public Charter School Board to open a new school, replicate an existing educational model at a new campus, significantly expand student enrollment, add additional grade levels, or take over a closing charter school.

The CSP Planning and Implementation grant is a three-year, $1.5 million grant that supports new schools as they establish strong operational systems and rigorous academic programs critical to successfully serving students.

The CSP Replication, Expansion and School Takeover grants are two-year grants of up to $950,000 that create strong conditions for student learning through adding additional seats in high-quality charter schools with a proven track record of increasing student achievement for all learners.

Grants are used for a wide variety of activities depending on the needs of the school, such as hiring and providing professional development to staff, developing curriculum, establishing fiscal policies and student database systems, purchasing classroom technology and materials, carrying out renovations to comply with local regulations, and implementing community engagement activities.

The Charter Schools Program is authorized by the Title IV, Part C of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) (20 U.S.C. 7221-7221j).



Contact Us

For questions or additional information, please email [email protected].

The Charter Schools Program is administered by OSSE’s Office of Federal Programs and Strategic Funding within the Division of Systems and Supports, K-12.

[Publication Date: Dec. 7, 2022]