Federal Charter School Program Grant

Please check back later for more information on future competitions later this year!

Best Practices

Leadership Conference

Final Competition is Currently Open!

Applications are Due June 10, 2024, by 4:00 PM.

The federal Charter School Program grants are available to both developing and existing high-quality 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.

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 in order to apply.

Key Dates

  • Application Release Date: April 15, 2024
  • Deadline for Intent to Submit: May 1, 2024, by 12:00 PM
  • Submissions Due: June 10, 2024, 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. Applicants may register for these sessions using the links found within the RFA document under Section 3, Training and Technical Assistance. The sessions are outlined below:

CSP Grant Training Part 1 (required)

This session focuses on the requirements for eligibility for funding for all grant types and highlights components of post award requirements.

  • April 25, 2024: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • May 8, 2024: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

CSP Grant Training Part 2 (recommended)

This session focuses on preparing a quality application and reviews requirements for submittal.

  • May 10, 2024: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • May 16, 2024: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Q&A Forum (recommended)

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.

  • May 15, 2024: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • May 23, 2024: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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.

Resources & Guidance

Plan for Future Competitions

Future grant competitions are dependent on USED approval. We will keep you posted when these are announced.

Previous Competition Results

Training Opportunities

Through this grant, the Department of Education has been able to partner to with many training vendors to provide direct to school trainings across multiple fields to New Hampshire charter schools. Please view the catalog below to see all the training opportunities we have to offer. If you are a school who wants to take advantage of any of these opportunities, please reach out to us at doe.nhcsp@doe.nh.gov.

Training Catalog

2023 Leadership Best Practices Conference

Last fall, the New Hampshire Department of Education's Office of Charter Schools and the New Hampshire Alliance for Public Charter Schools came together to host a leadership best practices conference. This two-day event allowed school leaders and board members from across the state to come together to learn, network, and share their experiences. Please see below for presentations and takeaways from the event!

Best Practices

The Charter School Office is working on building a Best Practices Library to share with the charter community, in the hopes that schools can learn from each other by sharing ideas that work for them. We will update this library as we receive more submissions. The best practices are organized by general category, however, many of these best practices fall into multiple categories.

Business Operations

Community/Student Engagement

Curriculum Design

Leadership and Governance

School Culture


Kasey Silva
Charter School Program Grant Administrator