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2021–23 Public Charter Schools Grant Program (PCSGP) Best Practices Workshops (BPW) Sub-Grant

Grants to California LEAs, Schools, and
Nonprofits to Enhance Student Achievement

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California Department of Education (CDE) - Charter Schools Division

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Deadline Date:

10/14/21 Receipt or Postmarked by date


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Grants to California local educational agencies, schools, and nonprofit school support organizations to enhance student achievement in grades K-12. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to submitting a proposal. Funding is intended to support technical assistance workshops.

FY 2021–22 sub-grantees will be responsible for coordinating three full-day workshops.

Each workshop will include up to two presentations on the following targeted technical assistance topics:

  1. College and Career Readiness
  2. Strategies to Improve Academic Achievement for Educationally Disadvantaged Students in English Language Arts and Math (e.g. Inquiry Based Learning)
  3. Improving Struggling Charter and Non-Charter Schools
  4. Fostering Collaboration Between Charter and Non-Charter Schools
  5. Distance Learning and Hybrid Model Program 
  6. Technical Assistance to support the work of the CDE: Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) Reports, California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) accuracy requirements, Pupil Estimates for New or Significantly Expanding Charters (PENSEC) Reporting, Special Education Requirements, and Student Nutrition Programs

For each workshop, the BPW sub-grantee is responsible for the following, at a minimum:

  • Providing a workshop facility for up to 50 people, or via online platform if deemed appropriate by the CDE;
  • Recruiting charter and non-charter participants from the region to attend the workshop, targeting participation from low-performing schools;
  • Providing CDE with the workshop invitation in order to assist with recruiting;
  • Presentation of up to two targeted topics at the workshop;
  • Reporting attendance of workshop participants; and
  • Conducting a post-workshop survey of participants.

For Allowable Uses of Funds, see "3.4 Allowable Use of Funds" in the RFA in Supporting Documents below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 198154

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Up to six

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each sub-grant award will be approximately $115,665.

Term of Contract:

The effective dates of the sub-grant awards are November 1, 2021 to June 30, 2024, pending approval of a no-cost extension (NCE).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The California Department of Education will award sub-grants to local educational agencies (school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools), non-charter schools, or non-profit charter school support organizations.

Eligible applicants must be LEAs, non-charter schools, or non-profit charter school support organizations with direct experience working with high-performing schools or participation in school improvement activities. The applicant must be legally constituted and qualified to do business within the State of California. Non-profit business entities are required to be in good standing with the California Secretary of State. For-profit entities may not apply for PCSGP sub-grants. CDE staff will verify non-profit business status as part of the eligibility screening. Multiple LEAs may collaborate to apply for the grant. Note: The application must designate a primary agency to be responsible for ensuring all of the grant requirements are accurately completed in a timely manner.

To be considered eligible for funding, the applicant's Project Manager must have multiple years of experience working with a high-performing school(s), such as high-quality charter school(s), or participation in charter and/or non-charter school improvement activities. Additionally, the applicant's Project Manager must demonstrate experience with project/event management, professional development, group dynamics, facilitation of group discussions, and a willingness/availability to travel.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The CDE will deliver a technical assistance webinar on August 19, 2021 at 10:00 am, for all interested parties. The webinar will provide information regarding completion of the RFA, completing the Budget Detail and Budget Narrative forms, and provides applicants an opportunity to ask questions of CDE staff.

Pre-Application Information:

The original application packet must be received by the Charter Schools Division on, or before, October 14, 2021. Applications cannot be personally delivered. Mail the original application packet to the address below. Postmarks will be honored.

The electronic copy can be emailed no later than midnight on the due date. Submitting only the electronic version will NOT be considered as meeting the deadline.

BPW RFA Timeline Events and Dates
- Post RFA on the California Department of Education (CDE) website: Thursday, August 12, 2021
- Technical Assistance Webinar: Overview of RFA and Sub-Grant Budget Training: Thursday, August 19, 2021, 10:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST)
- PCSGP BPW application due date (Note: Postmarks will be honored): October 14, 2021
- CDE reviewers evaluate and score all eligible applications: Thursday, September 30 –Thursday, October 7, 2021 (Tentative)
- PCSGP Office notifies applicants of application status: November 1, 2021 (Tentative)
- Grant Award Notification (GAN) will be processed after approval of Budget. Sub-grantees must sign and return the GAN.: Approximately 4–6 weeks after approval of the Budget
- Sub-grant award starting date: Monday, November 1, 2021
- Reimbursement payment request process (approximately 6–8 weeks): Begins upon CDE receipt of signed GAN and submission and approval of first quarterly expenditure report (QER)

Additionally, all BPW applicants must:

Applicants must:
- Provide a Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number when applying for Federal grants.
- Provide documentation of registration in the System of Award Management (SAM), and maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by an agency, and provide its unique entity identifier in each application or plan it submits to the agency.

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Contact Information:

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

Due to COVID restrictions, in-person delivery of applications to the CDE is not currently allowed.

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

The electronic copy can be emailed to

- Program: Alison Ball, 916-319-0222,
- Fiscal: Tamie Thompson, 916-319-0293,
- Division: Charter School Division, 916-322-6029 (phone), 916-322-1465 (fax)

Public Charter Schools Grant Program
Charter Schools Division
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 5401
Sacramento, CA 95814-5901
Phone: 916-322-6029

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