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Grants to New Hampshire Organizations to
Increase the Number and Quality of Charter Schools

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Grants to New Hampshire qualified charter school developers for the planning and implementation of charter schools to meet the following goals: increase the number of quality charter schools in the state, improve student achievement in charter schools, support the dissemination of charter schools best practices, and empower charter schools to become self-sufficient.

There are four primary objectives for the New Hampshire’s Charter Schools Program (CSP):

1) Objective 1: Increase the number of high-quality charter schools in New Hampshire, particularly those serving educationally disadvantaged students most at risk in rural and urban settings.

2) Objective 2: Use federal CSP grant funds to improve student achievement for secondary charter school students and increase graduation rates.

3) Objective 3: Support the dissemination of charter schools best practices to other public schools and LEAs.

4) Objective 4: Empower charter schools to become strong independent organizations and support charter school efforts to be fiscally responsible.

In carrying out these objectives, the New Hampshire Charter Schools Program provides sub-grants to qualified charter school developers for the planning phase and beginning years of implementation.

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GrantWatch ID#: 162456

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Typically $450,000 - $600,000.

Term of Contract:

Start-up funds are allowed for up to 36 months (three years), with no more than 18 months used for planning and program design and no more than two years used for initial implementation of the charter school.

The charter school must open within 18 months of the grant award in order to continue receiving federal funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Charter school developer(s) must have received authorization to establish a public charter school by the New Hampshire State Board of Education.

In addition, applicants must demonstrate eligibility as a new charter school that has not previously existed or a conversion charter school. A conversion school is a public school that has substantially changed its curriculum, staff and/or school design in order to increase student academic performance as part of a turnaround process. Schools that have received a CSP startup subgrant under another school name are not eligible.

To be eligible to apply for start-up funding, applicants must meet the definition of a charter school. All grant applicants must demonstrate they meet the following federal definition of a “charter school” as outlined in the ESEA (P.L. 107-110, Section 5210(1)).

The term “charter school” means a public school that:

-In accordance with a specific State statute authorizing the granting of charters to schools, is exempt from significant State or local rules that inhibit the flexible operation and management of public schools, but not from any rules relating to the requirements in paragraphs 1 through 12 of this definition;

-Is created by a developer as a public school, or is adapted by a developer from an existing public school, and is operated under public supervision and direction;

-Operates in pursuit of a specific set of educational objectives determined by the school’s developer and agreed to by the authorized public chartering agency;

-Provides a program of elementary or secondary education, or both;

-Is nonsectarian in its programs, admissions policies, employment practices, and all other operations, and is not affiliated with a sectarian school or religious institution;

-Does not charge tuition;

-Complies with the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, and part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act;

-Is a school to which parents choose to send their children, and that admits students on the basis of a lottery, if more students apply for admission than can be accommodated;

-Agrees to comply with the same Federal and State audit requirements as do other elementary schools and secondary schools in the State, unless such requirements are specifically waived for the purpose of this program;

-Meets all applicable Federal, State, and local health and safety requirements;

-Operates in accordance with State law; and

-Has a written performance contract with the authorized public chartering agency in the State that includes a description of how student performance will be measured in charter schools pursuant to State assessments that are required of other schools and pursuant to any other assessments mutually agreeable to the authorized public chartering agency and the charter school.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must submit the following:

One (1) original application and three copies to:

Michelle Gauthier
Charter School Office
New Hampshire Department of Education
101 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301

One electronic copy of the complete application to:

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

Michelle Gauthier

P: 271-3582
F: 271-7381

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