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FY 2011 Federal Public Charter Schools Program: Planning, Design, and Implementation Grants

Grants for the Development of Charter Schools in Illinois

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Illinois State Board of Education

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Grants totaling an estimated $4 million to design and establish high quality charter schools in Illinois. The overall goal of the funding is to provide high quality education that is better tailored to the needs of students. Three types of grants are offered: planning, program design, and implementation. Planning grants are offered to organizations who have submitted a proposal to operate a charter school in the district and are waiting for permission. Program design grants are for those who have an agreement with the district but have not yet opened, and implementation grants are for operational charter schools.

School programs to be designed and implemented through this grant should have high learning standards; increase learning opportunities for all pupils, specifically students at-risk; use unique and dynamic teaching and evaluation techniques; expand educational options; and encourage community involvement in public school activities.

The state allows for up to 120 charter schools, and an additional 5 charter schools designed for high school drop-outs. For purposes of this RFP, a charter school is defined as, among other things, a public school that is created by a developer as a public school, or adapted by a developer from an existing public school, and operated under public supervision and direction.

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GrantWatch ID#: 124569

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18-24 months


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Charter proposals must be sponsored by not-for-profit organizations or by school districts. Charter school agreements must be authorized by local boards of education or by the state board of education upon appeal.

Pre-Application Information:

To submit by mail, send the original and one copy to:
Jennifer Saba, Legal Advisor,
Illinois State Board of Education,
James R. Thompson Center,
100 West Randolph Street,
Suite 14-300,
Chicago, Illinois 60601.

To submit in person, proposals may be hand-delivered to the following locations:
Springfield Office Chicago Office
1st Floor - South
100 North First Street

Information Center Reception Area
Suite 14-3003
100 West Randolph Street

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Jennifer Saba

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois