About the Charter Schools Program Grant
On September 30, 2020, the New Jersey Public Charter School Association (NJPCSA) was awarded a $63.2 million Charter School Program (CSP) grant from the US Department of Education to catalyze the growth of high-quality public charter school options across the state. NJPCSA will act as a pass-through entity, using federal funds to administer a competitive subgrant program for which the operators of new, expanding, and replicating schools will be eligible.
The $63.2 million award contemplates the issuance of 6-10 subgrants annually during the five-year grant period. Slightly more than 90% of the overall grant award ($57 million) will be passed through in the form of subgrants.
Based on the existing pipeline of high-quality, in-state charter schools that have already received authorization to expand, the project is targeting awarding subgrants to 38 schools. Additional operators that have expressed initial interest in adapting their proven models to meet the needs of New Jersey’s communities will be motivated by the availability of CSP start-up funding.
Total Anticipated Number of Awards
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4||Year 5||Total|
|# of Awards||10||6||6||8||8||38|
The subgrant process will be competitive; only the applicants who receive the highest scores will receive funding. The base funding amount for each subgrant award will be $1M, with applicants eligible to earn two $250,000 escalators, for a maximum award of $1.5M, based on their satisfaction of absolute and proportional enrollment targets that demonstrate an authentic commitment to educating at-risk students.
|1||Base Award||$1,000,000||Upon approval of application|
|2||School either (a) is located in a QOZ and/or an Abbott District or (b) draws at least 40% of its student population from neighboring QOZ||$250,000||First verified enrollment count in Subgrant Year 1|
|3||At least 60% of School’s students are economically disadvantaged and at least 70% of a school’s students are Black or Hispanic||$250,000||First verified enrollment count in Subgrant Year 1|
Grant applications will be scored by a Peer Review Committee composed of national experts in charter school operation and authorization. Olivia Tremble, who will serve as CSP Project Director, will impanel and work closely with the Peer Review Committee for formal selection of subgrant recipients.
Technical assistance and program evaluation support will be provided by our partners at Lumen Impact Group, Public Impact, BES, and the Center for Learner Equity.
Lumen Impact Group will be providing fiscal monitoring support to ensure that subgrantees are complying with all statutory, regulatory, and contractual requirements and are using CSP funds to meet the educational needs of their students. They will also provide technical assistance for subgrantees, support on grant administration, and fiscal monitoring.
Public Impact will provide technical assistance for the New Jersey Department of Education’s Office of Charter and Renaissance Schools and BES will provide leadership development support for grantees and the New Jersey charter sector as a whole.
The Center for Learner Equity specifically supports NJPCSA by providing a range of technical assistance offerings to operators on topics including family outreach, inclusive and affirming program design, and effective use of data. Additionally, technical assistance is provided to NJDOE in its capacity as authorizer on best practices in how to create incentive and accountability structures that ensure charters provide excellent educations to at-risk students. They will conduct an initial landscape analysis, develop and conduct an annual survey of charter schools related to educating students with disabilities, and document and disseminate emerging promising practices determined to foster access and consistently improve outcomes for students with disabilities enrolled in charter schools across New Jersey.
Round 2 of the NJPCSA CSP Competitive Sub-Grant Application will open on Tuesday, August 10, 2021.
Click here to download the complete Request for Applications (RFA) document.
- Join us on August 10 at 1:00pm ET for an informational webinar on the application process here.
- Join us on September 21 at 1:00pm ET for a webinar on the budget development process here.
- All applications are due on October 29, 2021 at 5:00 PM ET.
If you have any questions, or need assistance at any point during the application process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.