Charter School Grants

New Charter Facilities Fund Application Now Available!

The department is excited to announce that the application for charter school facilities funding is available!

Chapter 307 of the Public Acts of 2017 provides $6 million in funding and establishes a public charter schools facilities program for the purpose of assisting public charter schools in acquiring and improving property to educate students.

Charter School Facilities Funding Application

Applications are due no later than 5 p.m. (CDT) on Oct. 23, 2017.

Charter schools must meet the following minimum criteria in order to be eligible to receive a facilities grant award (meeting this criteria does not guarantee an award):

  1. evidence of strong student academic growth, as represented by a TVAAS composite score of level 3, 4, or 5 from the most recent data available; and
  2. a school opening of no later than the 2014-15 school year.

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).