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Public Charter Schools Grant Program (PCSGP) Planning, Implementation, and Replication 2019-20

Grants to California Nonprofits and LEAs to Establish
and Expand High-Quality Charter Schools

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California Department of Education (CDE) - Charter Schools Division

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Deadline Date:

08/15/19 4:00 PM Receipt of mailed applications; Midnight - Receipt of emailed copy


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Grants to California nonprofits and LEAs to assist in the development of newly established and conversion charter schools. In addition, high-quality established charter schools may receive funding for program replication and expansion projects. Funding is intended to create high-quality charter schools that will provide public school choice to students.

California now has permission to award expansion and replication grants. Further, California may use up to $2 million of the PCSGP funds to award dissemination sub-grants to high-quality charter schools for dissemination activities of best practices used in their schools. The dissemination sub-grant program is focused on closing the achievement gaps, and ensuring student academic success in state and national academic standards. These sub-grants may be used for planning, program design, initial implementation, and replication of a charter school.

Due to the highly competitive nature of the 2019–20 PCSGP sub-grant, additional points will be awarded to PCSGP applicants who can show the following:

1) The applicant has a signed facility agreement (A copy of the signed agreement must be submitted with the application) = one point
2) The applicant is from an identified rural county based in the 2010 United States Census (Total population below 65,000) = one point
3) Charter developer has not been awarded a PCSGP in the past eight years = one point.

PCSGP funding shall be used to support school improvement efforts by eligible charter schools funded by this sub-grant process. Sub-grant funds may be used for staff salaries, materials, services, training, equipment, supplies, evaluation, facilities, or other purposes, except as specifically limited by all applicable legal requirements including all regulations or statutes or by the State Education Agency (SEA).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 152829

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

- Classroom Based and Non-Classroom Based Charter Schools: up to $375,000
- Virtual or Online Charter Schools: up to $175,000

Term of Contract:

The P/I and replication sub-grant period is broken down into two phases: the planning
phase and the implementation phase. The duration of the grant period cannot exceed 36 months. This sub-grant term, September 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020, will not exceed the max duration. The sub-grant term will apply to both P/I sub- grants and Implementation-only sub-grants.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grant applications are awarded to nonprofit entities and local educational agencies.

A newly established or conversion charter school may apply for a P/I or replication grant during the PCSGP application period (July 1, 2019, through August 15, 2019), provided that the school did not begin serving students prior to July 1, 2018 (See Appendix B for definition of “newly established charter school.”), and the school has not previously received a CSP grant within the past five years.

In order to be eligible to apply for the PCSGP funds, a developer must have an approved charter petition from an authorized public chartering authority on or before August 15, 2019.

In order to qualify for funds under the CSP, a charter school must meet the definition of “charter school” as set forth in Section 5210(1) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended.

For a detailed definition of a charter school, as well as additional eligibility requirements, see pages 5-7 of the RFA document in Supporting Documents below. Requirements for autonomy can be found on page 9.

To qualify for a P/I sub-grant, a charter school must have an enrollment of at least 50 students at one point in time within the first calendar year of operation based on the effective date the charter school is open and available to serve students.

Conversion schools that receive Title I School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds are not eligible for the PCSGP grant.

The PCSGP funds must supplement, not supplant, existing services and may not be used to supplant federal, state, local, or nonfederal funds. Programs may not use PCSGP funds to pay for existing levels of service funded from any other source. PCSGP funds may not be used for new construction, class size reduction, or purchases that do not directly support the approved work plan.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Public Charter Schools Grant Program will be hosting a webinar on July 9, 2019 from 10 a.m. to noon. There is no need to register for this event. Log-in information is included in the Charters Listserv RFA announcement.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted with all forms compiled in the order listed on the Application Component Checklist provided on page 27 of the RFA. The complete application package must be received by the Charter Schools Division on, or before, (not postmarked by) 4:00 p.m., Thursday, August 15, 2019. Applicants must also email one complete electronic copy, saved as one PDF file no later than midnight on the application due date.


- July 1, 2019: Post final request for applications (RFA) on the California Department of Education (CDE) website
- July 9, 2019: Provide Technical Assistance webinar (PCSGP staff: Overview of RFA/Budget Training)
- Thursday, August 15, 2019 by 4:00 p.m.: PCSGP application due date Note: applicants must have an approved charter by an authorizing agency to be eligible to apply.
- August - September 2019 (Tentative): Conduct peer review to evaluate and score applications
- Fall 2019: Notify awardees of peer review results (PCSGP staff)
- Issue Grant Award Notification (GAN) to grantees. Grantees must sign and return the GAN (approximately 1–3 weeks): After approval of charter petition and PCSGP budget
- Payment Reimbursement Process (approximately 8–10 weeks): Begins upon CDE receipt of signed GAN and approved Quarter Expenditure Report
- August 15, 2019: Deadline for Charter School Petitions to be approved by authorizer identified in PCSGP application

RFA information and documents:

Contact Information:

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

Email applications to:

Mail applications to:

Public Charter Schools Grant Program Office
Charter Schools Division
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 5401
Sacramento, CA 95814-5901

Program Questions:
Linda Greer
Phone: 916-323-0482

Downloading Questions:
PCSGP Team, Charter Schools Division

Tamie Thompson

Charter School Division
Phone: 916-322-6029
Fax: 916-322-1465

Funding or Pin Number:

ID 3845

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California

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