Charter School Grants

New Charter School Planning & Implementation Grant Application now available!

In October 2016, the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) was awarded a Public Charter Schools Program (CSP) grant from the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) of approximately $19,500,000. One purpose of the CSP is to increase the national understanding of the charter school model by expanding the number of high-quality charter schools available to students by providing financial assistance for the planning, program design, and initial implementation of charter schools.  Tennessee’s CSP subgrant competition will support the overall strategy to increase the number of high-quality charter schools in the state. CSP subgrants will provide funds for newly authorized Tennessee charter school operators to design, plan, and implement their schools.

Award period: Post-authorization through July 31, 2019

Maximum Award Amount: $600,000         

Deadline: May 5, 2017 by 4:00 pm (CDT)

Eligibility - Tennessee’s CSP grant funds may only be awarded to authorized charter schools for post-award planning and design of the educational program and initial implementation of a charter school.  This grant competition is for charter schools authorized during the April 1, 2015 and 2016 application cycles. 

Charter schools receiving CSP funds through a national grant are not eligible to apply for this funding.  Charter schools may not receive more than one federal grant for activities associated with the planning and implementation of a charter school.

TN CSP Subgrant Application

TN CSP Subgrant Application Budget Document

Additional Grant Opportunities

The U.S. Dept. of Education and national foundations supporting the growth of charter schools also offer grants directly to charter schools and networks. In Tennessee, charter school sponsors may be able to apply for several different grants, such as these:

In 2013, this Lipscomb University study examined the best uses of Charter School Program (CSP) grant funds.
In addition, there are many more organizations investing in promising or successful charter school programs (e.g., the Tennessee Charter School Center, Partners for Developing Futures).