Charter School Start-up Grant
Charter school start-up funds support the initial planning and implementation of new charter schools. Start-up grants are only allowed for 36 months. The charter school must open within 18 months of the grant award in order to continue receiving funding. Once students begin to attend the charter school, grant funds may not be used for operating costs.
To be eligible for charter school start-up funds, the applicant must have authorization by the State Board of Education to move forward with their charter. Upon authorization, the charter school must become established as a non-profit organization.
New Hampshire’s highest priority for awarding CSP funds will be for schools that propose to improve academic academic achievement for students who are at greatest risk of not meeting state academic standards or completing high school.
Charter School Start-up grant applications proposing the enrollment of a majority of students whose home attendance districts are considered chronically low performing as indicated by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) classification, “District in Need of Improvement.” Applications submitted that meet this priority will receive a competitive scoring advantage and will be eligible for a 10% higher grant award.
STEP 2 - Once your Charter School has been authorized to open you may then apply for the federally funded Charter School Start-up Grant (CFDA 84.282A)
Fiscal Requirements for a new Charter School - newly established charter schools that plan to be its own fiscal agent (rather than using a Local Educational Agency (LEA)) are required to submit the following: Vendor application, Alternate W-9 form, Reporting Agency(RA) Request form, and General Assurances form.
The Charter School Program federal funds cannot be distributed to a Foundation; funds must go directly to the Charter School or associated LEA. All required paperwork must be completed in order for a charter school to become established in the State of New Hampshire's accounting system as well as to receive funds. Please refer to the Fiscal Agent Requirements in order to complete the necessary paperwork.
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