Public Charter Startup Grants

Grants to USA New Charter Schools in
Multiple States to Support Start-Up Activities

GrantWatch ID#: 179986
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Walton Family Foundation


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Grants to Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York City, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, DC charter schools that are currently in the start-up phase. The purpose of this program is to help educators develop and launch new, high-quality charter schools in the Foundation’s target geographies. Charter schools should demonstrate a high potential for success and serve low-income children.

To receive Walton Family Foundation (WFF) Public Charter Startup Grant funding, an applicant may follow one of two paths:

1) Apply to one of the Foundation’s partners

The Foundation partners with local and national organizations to support qualified school operator affiliates. Startup support may be available to qualified affiliates of the following partners. If you are affiliated with one of the following, please reach out to your appropriate relationship manager at one of these partner organizations.

-Charter School Growth Fund
-The Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP)
-Building Excellent Schools
-New Schools Venture Fund
-Educate 78 (Oakland only)
-Silicon Schools (Oakland only)
-Education Forward (Washington, DC only)

2) Apply directly to the Walton Family Foundation

The Foundation seeks to fund high-quality and high-potential operators with plans to open new public schools in WFF target geographies. These schools will strive to transform learning and significantly improve academic outcomes for K-12 students, particularly those from traditionally underserved communities.

The Foundation defines startup mode as being authorized through the school's first year of operation. Funding can be used to support the startup and launch costs associated with opening a new school.

Traditional startup grants vary depending on funding needs and network size and range from $100,000 to $325,000.

Depending on the number of schools in its network, a school is eligible for one of three different funding options:

-Network Size of 0-5: Grant size of $325,000
-Network Size of 6-12: Grant size of $200,000
-Network Size of 12+: Grant size of $100,000

The Foundation is currently accepting inquiries from operators planning to open a school in fall 2017 or 2018.

Initial qualifying criteria for applicants:

-The school must demonstrate strong potential for delivering excellent academic results for K-12 students, as measured by standardized achievement tests.
-The school seeks to serve a significant percentage of students from low-income families.
-The school must NOT represent a for-profit entity.
-The school must plan on opening in fall of 2017 or 2018 to be eligible for startup funding in 2017. Eligible schools must currently be authorized or expect to be authorized in 2017.
-The school is in “startup” mode, which is the period that begins 18 months before opening and ends at the culmination of the school's first year of operations.
-The school must draw a majority of its students from one of the Foundation’s targeted districts (see below).
-If you are a current WFF grantee, you must be up-to-date on all of the Foundation's reporting requirements to apply.

Targeted districts for Public Charter School Grants:

The Foundation’s strategy is to focus grants on a limited number of districts to make significant changes in those locations. Only public charter schools drawing a majority of their students from the following districts may apply:

-Arkansas: Any District
-California: Los Angeles Unified School District (district map attached below); Oakland Unified School District
-Colorado: Denver Public Schools
-Georgia: Atlanta Public Schools
-Indiana: Indianapolis Public Schools
-Louisiana: Orleans Parish School Board
-Massachusetts: Boston Public Schools
-New Jersey: Camden City School District
-New York: New York City
-Oklahoma: Any District
-Tennessee: Shelby County Schools
-Texas: Houston Independent School District; San Antonio Metro Area
-Washington, D.C.: District of Columbia Public Schools

Selection Process:

1) Complete online eligibility questionnaire
2) Receive invitation from WFF to apply for funding in spring 2017
3) Complete application and WFF interview

Funding decisions will be made in summer 2017.

More information about funding levels may be found here:

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

Online Eligibility Questionnaire:

Walton Family Foundation
P.O. Box 2030
Bentonville, AR 72712


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USA: Arkansas;   California: Los Angeles Unified School District and Oakland Unified School District;   Colorado: Denver Public Schools;   Georgia: Atlanta Public Schools;   Indiana: Indianapolis Public Schools;   Louisiana: Orleans Parish School Board;   Massachusetts: Boston Public Schools;   New Jersey: Camden City School District;   New York City;   Oklahoma;   Tennessee: Shelby County Schools;   Texas: Houston Independent School District and San Antonio Metro Area;   Washington, DC: District of Columbia Public Schools

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