Charter School Office

2015-17 Charter Schools Program Planning and Implementation Grant


Purpose of Funding: New York State’s 2011–2016 $113 million federal Charter School Program (CSP) grant provides funding for new charter schools for post-award planning and initial implementation. Planning activities may include refinement of desired educational results and methods for measuring progress toward achieving those results as well as professional development for charter school staff. Initial implementation activities may include student recruitment, acquiring educational materials and supplies, and acquiring or developing curriculum materials.

Eligible Applicants: Charter schools issued charters by the Board of Regents or the State University of New York that in school year 2014-15 are in a planning year or the first or second year of operation with enrolled students are eligible to receive a CSP grant. Charter schools previously awarded CSP grants are ineligible. Charter schools awarded CMO Replication Grants by the U.S. Department of Education are also ineligible.

Funding: The base amount of each CSP grant is $500,000. Either (not both) of the following may also be awarded:

  • an additional $250,000 (at the time of the initial award) to any charter applicant that meets a “program design priority";
  • an additional $125,000 during the grant period should a grantee meet an “underserved student populations priority”.

Award Period: The current CSP funding opportunity begins December 16, 2014 and ends June 30, 2017. Planning activities may occur for up to 18 months; implementation may take place for up to 24 months with the combination not exceeding 31 months.

Application Deadline: December 31, 2014.

Submission Instructions: Submit all application materials via the NYSED business portal.

Application Materials:

Applicants may find this Powerpoint presentation PowerPoint Presentation  (1.1 MB) to be helpful. It offers specifics about applying for CSP funding as well as general information about CSP grants.

Support and Monitoring

CSP grantees are required to view an Allowability and Grants Management webinar Video (1 hr, 55 minutes, 35 seconds; 1.16 GB) and associated Powerpoint slides PowerPoint Presentation (1 MB) in order to understand important grants compliance and management issues. Please inform Susan Dufour when this requirement has been met.

All charter schools receiving CSP funds must have a CSP Agreed Upon Procedures report prepared by their independent auditors as explained in the Charter School Audit Guide.  All charter schools receiving CSP funding are required to review the guide and to provide a copy of the guide to the school’s independent auditor.  Please let Susan Dufour know when the Audit Guide has been shared with the independent auditor.  

CSP desk audits are conducted by the Charter School Office each year. Schools are selected for desk audits based on a risk assessment that includes issues identified in annual financial audit reports and the CSP AUP report.

New federal guidance referred to as the "Omni Circular" must be adhered to beginning July 1, 2015, and includes the adoption and implementation of many policies and procedures. We recommend that charter schools review a PowerPoint presentation ppt (1.1 MB) and webinar recording featuring Tiffany Winters, Esq., from Brustein and Manasevit, PLLC. For those without a background in developing financial policies and procedures, a separate PowerPoint presentation ppt (1 MB) tutorial may be helpful.

Last Updated: December 1, 2014