Federal Charter School Program Grant

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SUB-GRANT! Applications for sub-grants are due by 4:00 pm on August 12, 2022.

The federal Charter School Program grants are available to both developing and existing charter schools in the state of New Hampshire. These grant funds support the initial planning and implementation of a new charter school or an expanding or replicating existing charter school.

Charter School Program grant funds under New Hampshire’s program grant must be expended within (three years), with no more than 18 months used for planning and program design and no more than 2 years being used for implementation. 

Eligibility to Apply for Federal Charter Start-up Funds

To be eligible to apply for these funds, applicants must meet the definition of a charter school as outlined in Section 5210(1) of the ESEA. 

Additionally, schools seeking funds to expand or replicate must meet the definition of a high-quality charter as defined by ESEA §4310(8). Please refer to the application materials for more information on eligibility. 

All applicants must attend a required eligibility and requirement training session (CSP Training Session 1) in order to apply. Dates for training sessions are noted within the application documents and in the key date section below. To register, click the link provided with each session. 

Important Information for New Schools

Federal start-up funds may not be allocated to a Foundation. The school will need to be registered as a nonprofit organization with the New Hampshire Secretary of State. 

In order to for the grant funds to be released to the charter school, the charter school will need to:

•    Register with the federal government’s System for Award Management.

•    Register with State of New Hampshire as a Vendor 

•    Sign General Assurances relating to federal funds and Program Assurance related to this particular funding program.

Key Dates

•    Application Release Date        June 17, 2022
•    Deadline for Intent to Submit        July 20, 2022, by 12:00 pm
•    Question Period Closed        August 2, 2022, by 4:00 pm
•    Final Responses to Questions    August 5, 2022, by 4:00 pm
•    Submissions Due            August 12, 2022, by 4:00 pm

Training Sessions

NHED is holding a number of formal training sessions to support applicants as they prepare the required materials for submission. The first session, which focuses on eligibility and requirements, is required for all applicants. The sessions are outlined below.

CSP Grant Training Part 1 (required session) 

This session focuses on the requirements for eligibility for funding for all grant types and highlights components of post award requirements.
•    June 14, 2022: 10:00 - 11:30 am 
•    July 11, 2022: 9:00 – 10:30 am

CSP Grant Training Part 2 (recommended session)

This session focuses on preparing a quality application and reviews requirements for submittal. 
•    June 28, 2022: 9:00 - 10:30 am
•    July 12, 2022: 10:00 – 11:30 am

Q&A Forum (recommended session)

This is an open forum session where applicants can ask questions as they are working through the application process. All answers to questions received will be summarized and posted on the NHEd website. Final answers will be posted no later than August 5, 2022.
•    July 20, 2022: 9:00 – 10:00 am
•    July 28, 2022: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
•    August 2, 2022: 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Click here to register for any of these sessions.

Application Materials

Below are links to the program’s Request for Applications (RFA), the application form, and additional documents that may be required for submission. Please review the appropriate RFA carefully and fully in order to complete a compliant application. 

•    Request for Applications: New Schools 
•    Request for Applications: Replicating and Expanding Schools 
•    CSP Application Form: New Schools 
•    CSP Application Form: Replicating and Expanding Schools 
•    CSP Application Budget Form 
•    Intent to Submit Form 
•    ADA & Safety Exception Form 
•    Eligibility Appeal Form 
•    Performance Agreement in Lieu of Charter 

Resources & Guidance

The following resources and guides are available in order to assist you in developing your application and in determining allowable/unallowable expenditures during the start-up phase, please use the following as resources:

•    NHED’s CSP Grant FAQs (check back frequently as this is updated) 
•    NHED’s CSP Grant Allowable Cost Guide  
•    Visit the Charter Schools Program State Educational Agencies (SEA) Grant site to review guidance and regulations noted below. 
o    Title V, Part B of the ESEA: Nonregulatory Guidance for Charter Schools Program - January 2014 
o    U.S. Department of Education Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. 
o    The Uniform Guidance (Code of Federal Regulations, Title 2, Subtitle A, Chapter II, Part 200) simplifies government requirements for receiving and managing federal grant awards.