Charter Schools Program Grant

Planning & Implementation Grant


General Information

Each year, the Florida Department of Education administers the Charter Schools Program (CSP) Planning and Implementation grant through a request for proposals (RFP) process. The purpose of this grant is to provide financial assistance for the planning, program design, and initial implementation of high quality charter schools and expand the number of high quality charter schools in Florida.

Planning Phase  FUNDING PURPOSE: For purpose of planning and program design prior to the opening of the charter school.  PHASE TIMELINE: 12-18 months maximum   FUNDING AMOUNT: Maximum amount of $25,000	    Implementation Phase  FUNDING PURPOSE: For the initial implementation of a charter school  PHASE TIMELINE: 24 months maximum (Implementation program period will be reduced on a month to month basis for schools remaining in Planning more than 12 months and less than 18 months)  FUNDING AMOUNT: Amount is dependent on availability of funds. (Funding is split into two funding periods-Implementation I and Implementation II).


Public Charter Schools Program (CSP) Grant for Remote Learning and Access Due to COVID-19

The Public Charter Schools Program (CSP) Grant for Remote Learning and Access Due to COVID-19 was open to all applicants that met the following criteria: All charter schools that met the federal definition of a charter school, which includes all charter schools in the State of Florida. Given the finite source of funds, the Department rank ordered applicants, prioritizing Title-I eligible schools that are not part of a network of more than five schools, by using the following criteria:

  1.  Those with free and reduced-price lunch populations of 100 percent; then, if funds remain available,
  2. Those with free and reduced-price lunch populations between 90 and 99 percent; then, if funds remain available,
  3. Those with free and reduced-price lunch populations between 80 and 89 percent; then, if funds remain available,
  4. Those with free and reduced-price lunch populations between 70 and 79 percent; then, if funds remain available,
  5. All other Title-I eligible single charter schools, rank-ordered as follows:
    1. Those with free and reduced-price lunch populations between 35 and 69 percent; then
    2. Those with free and reduced-price lunch populations less than 35 percent

If funds remain after that, Title I schools within charter networks that operate more than five schools in Florida would be eligible, using the same rank ordering described above.

Please Note: The deadline to receive applications was July 17th, 2020.

Public Charter Schools Program (CSP) Grant for Remote Learning and Access Due to COVID-19 RFA (PDF)

Application Forms (PDF)

Prioritized Funding List Approved 9/9/20 (PDF)