Planning & Implementation Grant
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.
Stage I application deadline: February 26, 2021, 5:00pm EST
Application Link: https://flcsp-apply.smapply.io/prog/CSP21-26
Technical assistance webinar recording: https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/3418980198115519234
To be eligible to apply to and receive this grant, an applicant must meet the following conditions:
- Submitted a charter school application to a local school district using the Department’s model charter school application (Form IEPC-M1, effective February 2016 or later) as adopted in State Board of Education Rule 6A-6.0786; and
- Charter application has been approved by the district;
- Charter application is pending; or
- Charter application is denied and pending an appeal.
Only those charter schools that are approved by their Sponsor will be eligible to receive funds under this grant. Prior to approving the initial Project Award Notification (DOE 200) for each school selected for funding, the Department’s Charter Schools Office will verify:
- The CSP sub-recipient has not withdrawn its approved charter school application, and;
- The CSP sub-recipient will open charter school no later than August 2022.
An eligible applicant that does not intent to open a charter school by August 2022 should not apply for funding under this competition, but should instead apply for future competitions. While Florida law allows for up to three years of planning, an eligible applicant applying for funding under this competition can spend no longer than 18 months in planning and program design.
Further, an eligible applicant must meet the federal definition of a charter school, as defined in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA § 4310 (2)), and must meet the federal definition of a charter developer (ESEA § 4310 (5)), which is explained immediately below in the section on definitions.
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:
- Those with free and reduced-price lunch populations of 100 percent; then, if funds remain available,
- Those with free and reduced-price lunch populations between 90 and 99 percent; then, if funds remain available,
- Those with free and reduced-price lunch populations between 80 and 89 percent; then, if funds remain available,
- Those with free and reduced-price lunch populations between 70 and 79 percent; then, if funds remain available,
- All other Title-I eligible single charter schools, rank-ordered as follows:
- Those with free and reduced-price lunch populations between 35 and 69 percent; then
- 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.
Application Forms (PDF)