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6/11/2013 2:48:00 PM
U.S. Department of Education Charter Schools Program Announces Two Competitions for Non-SEA Applicants
The U.S. Department of Education's Charter Schools Program (CSP) has just announced two new Non-State Educational Agency (Non-SEA) grant competitions for 2013. Applications for both competitions are due July 12, 2013.

The CSP’s Non-SEA Planning, Program Design, and Implementation competition (84.282B) provides grants directly to charter school developers so they can plan, design, and complete the initial implementation of their school. The Non-SEA Dissemination competition (84.282C) provides grants directly to existing public charter schools, which they can use to assist other schools in adapting the charter school program (or certain aspects of the charter schools’ program) or to disseminate information about the charter school.

For FY 2013, the Department is particularly interested in encouraging charter schools to develop and implement innovative strategies to meet the needs of educationally disadvantaged students and other students. Therefore, the Notice includes one absolute priority; only applications that meet this priority will be considered for an award. This priority is: Improving Achievement and High School Graduation Rates [High-Poverty]. Accelerating learning and helping to improve high school graduation rates (as defined in the notice) and college enrollment rates in high-poverty schools (as defined in the notice).

In 2013, the Department plans to use up to $2,000,000 for these competitions and estimates making between 10 and 14 awards. The estimated average size of awards is $175,000 per year up to three years (the Department is not bound by any estimates).

Applications are due by July 12, 2013 at 4:30:00 p.m. EST, Washington DC time and must be submitted through Grants.gov. The grant application is available at Grants.gov; the easiest way to find it is to click on “Apply for Grants”, “Download an Application Package”, and search by CFDA number (84.282). That will give you the chance to download both the application itself, and the application package instructions.

Pre-application webinars to provide information and answer questions will be held at the following (EST) times:

  • June 17, 2013, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and
  • June 20, 2013, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
For those interested in attending a webinar, please RSVP to charterschools@ed.gov eMail and include your contact information and the date of webinar you would like to attend.

The Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 is found here.
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