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2023-2026 Public Charter School Program Grant (CSP) Planning, Program Design and Implementation

Each year, the Florida Department of Education administers the Charter Schools Program (CSP) Planning and Implementation grant through a request for proposals (RFP) process. The purpose of this grant is to provide financial assistance for the planning, program design, and initial implementation of high-quality charter schools and expand the number of high-quality charter schools in Florida.

The RFP below is for the 2023-26 Charter Schools Program (CSP) grant competition. Applicants must fully read the Request for Proposals (RFP) prior to submitting a proposal.

Eligible Applicant(s)

To be eligible to apply to and receive this grant, an applicant must meet the following conditions:

  • Submitted a charter school application to a Local Educational Agency (LEA) using the Department’s model charter school application (Form IEPC-M1, effective February 2016 or later) as adopted in State Board of Education Rule 6A-6.0786, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.); and
    • Charter application has been approved by the LEA;
    • Charter application is denied and pending an appeal.

Only those charter schools that are approved by their Sponsor will be eligible to receive funds under this grant. Prior to approving the initial Project Award Notification (DOE 200) for each school selected for funding, the Department’s Charter Schools Office will verify:

  1. The CSP sub-recipient has not withdrawn its approved charter school application, and;
  2. The CSP sub-recipient will open charter school no later than August 2024.

An eligible applicant that does not intend to open a charter school by August 2024 should not apply for funding under this competition but should instead apply for future competitions. While Florida law allows for up to three years of planning, an eligible applicant applying for funding under this competition can spend no longer than 18 months in planning and program design.

Further, an eligible applicant must meet the federal definition of a charter school, as defined in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA § 4310 (2)), and must meet the federal definition of a charter developer (ESEA § 4310 (5)), which is explained immediately below in the section on definitions.

Schools of Hope charter schools that have submitted a Notice of Intent to their local school district, are also eligible to apply to and receive this grant.

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