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Charter Schools Program (CSP) - Implementation Grant (Oregon)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Oregon Department of Education


    The federal Charter Schools Program (CSP) provides funding to State Educational Agencies with the purpose of expanding the number of high-quality charter schools available to students across the nation by providing financial assistance for planning of new charter school programs, implementation of new charter school programs, and dissemination of promising charter school practices in order to evaluate the effects of charter schools; including their impacts on student academic achievement, teaching and learning, families, and the community.

    The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) plans to carry out the following objectives within Oregon to:

    • Provide funds to charter approved, pre-operational charter schools in the development phase in order to increase educational equity and improve the quality of new charter schools statewide through an intensive incubation period.
    • Provide funds to high-quality charter schools in operation for less than three years in order to facilitate implementation of their educational models, professional development, and curriculum, and to provide professional development in educational equity.
    • Facilitate the dissemination of best practices between charter schools and their public school counterparts, and provide an access point for charter schools to share their evidence-based best practices.
    • Strengthen authorizer quality throughout the state by providing high-quality training and professional development to authorizers.

    In carrying out these objectives, the Oregon Charter Schools Program (OCSP) provides subgrants to qualified charter school developers and operators for the planning phase and/or early years of implementation of new charter schools, and to experienced and successful operators through the OCSP grant and assists districts in developing and strengthening charter authorizing practices through high quality professional development and training.

    The OCSP Grant is funded on a reimbursement basis. Subgrantees will be reimbursed for allowable, approved activities following proof of expenditure. An applicant receiving a subgrant under this program may use the subgrant funds only for:

    • (a) Post-award planning and design of the educational program, which may include:
      • (i) Refinement of the desired educational results and of the methods for measuring progress toward achieving those results; and
      • (ii) Professional development of teachers and other staff who will work in the charter school; and
    • (b) Initial implementation of the charter school, which may include:
      • (i) Informing the community about the school;
      • (ii) Acquiring necessary equipment and educational materials and supplies;
      • (iii) Acquiring or developing curriculum materials; and
      • (iv) Other initial operational costs that cannot be met from State or local sources. (20 U.S.C. 7221c(f)(3)).

    History of Funding

    ODE was awarded $8,790,931 in FY17 for up to 16 awards.

    Additional Information

    OCSP grant funds cannot be used for the purchase or leasing of a facility or to offset or cover costs of preparing and submitting an application.


    Jennifer Donovan

    Jennifer Donovan
    255 Capitol Street NE
    Salem, OR 97301-0203
    (503) 947-5915

  • Eligibility Details

    Grant applicants must conform to the federal definition of a public charter school in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act [P.L.107-110, section 5210(1)] in order to be eligible for grant funds under the OCSP.

    All applicants for the Implementation Grant must have an executed charter with an authorizer, must be no more than six months from opening as of the due date of the Implementation Subgrant, or have been in operation for no more than three years as of the due date of the Implementation Subgrant. Charter schools in operation for more than three years, approved charter schools that are more than six months from opening, and developers that have not yet been approved by an authorizer are not eligible to apply. Grant activities may not extend beyond the third year of operation. Grant activities must be completed by during the OCSP grant period ending September 30, 2018.

    Deadline Details

    Applications must be submitted by October 28, 2018. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    ODE has been awarded $8,148,827 for a three-year period. Implementation grants will be between $250,000 and $450,000 each. Up to 4 awards per year will be made for use in the initial implementation of a high-quality charter program. 

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