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Federal Charter School Program Grant

Application deadline has been extended to 11:59 pm on July 22, 2021. Applications received after this date will not be considered for this year’s grant awards.

Charter school startup funds support the initial planning and implementation of a charter school.

Start-up funds are allowed for up to 36 months (three years), with no more than 18 months used for planning and program design and no more than two years used for initial implementation of the charter school.

The charter school must open within 18 months of the grant award in order to continue receiving federal funds.

Eligibility to Apply for Federal Charter Start-up Funds

Charter school developer(s) must have received authorization to establish a public charter school by the New Hampshire State Board of Education.

To be eligible to apply for start-up funding, applicants must meet the definition of a charter school. All grant applicants must demonstrate they meet the following federal definition of a "charter school" as outlined in Section 5210(1) of the ESEA.

How to Apply for Federal Start-up Funds

How may federal startup funds be used?

In order to determine allowable/unallowable expenditures during the start-up phase, please use the following as resources:

  • Specific to charter startup funds - Title V, Part B of the ESEA: Nonregulatory Guidance for Charter Schools Program - January 2014  
  • U.S. Department of Education Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. 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.
  • Startup funds are allowed for a period of not more than three years.
  • The eligible applicant may use grant funds not more than 18 months for planning and program design; and, not more than two (2) years for the initial implementation of a charter school. Section 5202 (c)(1) (2) of the ESEA.

Requirements for Submitting an Application

  • Application format: no less than 12-point font and all pages must be numbered.
  • Provide a three-year budget showing the federal funds requested and breakdown of activities for each expenditure category. Categories include: curriculum and instruction and assessment materials, books, supplies and materials, furniture and equipment, facility readiness, contracted services and professional development activities. Please also refer to the New Hampshire Department of Education Federal Funds Handbook and the New Hampshire Financial Accounting Handbook.

Applicants must submit either of the following:

  • One hard copy of the complete application and budget template
    Charter School Office
    New Hampshire Department of Education
    101 Pleasant Street
    Concord, NH 03301
  • One electronic copy of the complete application to:

Review of Start-up Application

  • A review team, designated by the Department, evaluates the application.
  • The Department makes a decision to award or deny the applicant's request for federal start-up funds.
  • The Department will inform the applicant, in writing, of the decision.

Fiscal Requirements for a Newly Authorized Charter School

Federal start-up funds may not be allocated to a Foundation; the public charter school receives federal funds directly from the State of New Hampshire.

Charter schools operate as a nonprofit organization (under a "charter" granted by the New Hampshire State Board of Education) and shall register with the New Hampshire Secretary of State.

Prior to receiving federal startup funds, the applicant (charter school) shall review and complete the required start-up forms to include: State of New Hampshire Vendor Application and Alternate W-9, and signed General Assurances relating to federal funds.