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Round One Charter Schools Program Planning and Implementation Grant

Grants for New or Planned
Minnesota Charter Schools

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Minnesota Department of Education

Deadline Date:

12/03/13 4:30 PM CT


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Grants are available to new and developing Minnesota charter schools. Eligible applicants have a charter school affidavit or are a charter school within the first two years of operation. Funds can be used for expenses associated with planning and designing the program, for the initial implementation process, and for necessary materials and equipment.

Allowable Activities under the Federal CSP Grant Project:

An eligible applicant receiving a grant under this program may use the grant funds only for:

• Post-award planning and design of the educational program, which may include:
­- Refinement of the desired educational results and of the methods for measuring progress toward achieving those results

­• Professional development of board members, teachers and other staff who will work in the charter school

• Initial implementation of the charter school, which may include:
­- Informing the community about the school
­- Acquiring necessary equipment and educational materials and supplies
­- Acquiring or developing curriculum materials
­- Other initial start-up costs that cannot be met from state or local sources

Funding Preferences Priorities

Applicants (see page nine for successful applicant definition/criteria) must address one or more federal CSP preference priorities:
• Replicating high-performing models
• Improving high school achievement and graduation rate
• Promoting diversity
• Improving productivity

State Education Priorities

Applicants must also address state education priorities under Governor Dayton’s 7-Point Plan: Better Schools for a Better Minnesota:
• Reading Well by Third Grade
• Raise the Bar – Close the Gap
• Meeting High Standards Across Content Areas
• High School Graduation, College and Career Ready
• Support Teaching for Better Schools

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 138052

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

$100,000 to $225,000

Term of Contract:

01/31/2014 - 01/30/2015

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants must: 1) have a new charter school affidavit approved by the Commissioner of Education to start a new public charter school in Minnesota, or 2) operate a new Minnesota charter school in its first two years of operation. Final initial project periods will vary slightly.

Pre-Application Information:

Additional federal grant funds are expected to be available to extend funded projects up to the maximum period allowable; up to three total years for Planning and Implementation projects and up to two total years for Implementation-only projects.

Contact Information:

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

Program Contact:
Holly Garnell

Primary Contact:
Cecila Cannon

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota

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