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​Charter School Programs (CSP) Grant

  • The electronic Charter Schools Program - QSO Program Design and Initial Implementation Request for Proposals (RFP) for Cohort III will be available through ISBE’s IWAS system in Fall 2017. This subgrant opportunity can provide funding for the design and initial start-up costs of a new charter school. To be eligible to apply, applicants must have submitted an application to or have been approved to open by an authorizer.  Any applicants interested in applying will need to submit the Letter of Intent to Apply Form in order to gain electronic access to the RFP. The Letter of Intent to Apply is included below. If you have questions, please send an email to charter@isbe.net or call Charter Schools at (312) 814-2220.

 Charter Schools Program Quality School Options Awardees Named

Cohort 1

Cohort 1 Funded:

Applicant:Aspira of Illinois Inc.​PDF Document

  • School Name: Aspira Business and Finance High School
  • RCDT Code: 15-016-737P-00
  • Total Award: $800,000.00
  • Term: 24 Months
  • FY 2017 Funds: $400,000.00​
  • FY 2018 Funds: $400,000.00
  • School Name: Frazier Preparatory Academy
  • RCDT Code: 15-016-2990-BY
  • Total Award: $199,999.00
  • Term: 6 months
  • FY 2017 Funds: $199,999.00
  • FY 2018 Funds: $ -
  • School Name: LEARN 7 Elementary School
  • RCDT Code: 15-016-2990-AN
  • Total Award: $122,500.00
  • Term: 6 Months
  • FY 2017 Funds: $122,500.00
  • FY 2018 Funds: $ -
  • School Name: LEARN 8 Middle School
  • RCDT Code: 15-016-2990-AN
  • Total Award: $66,500.00
  • Term: 6 months
  • FY 2017 Funds: $66,500.00
  • FY 2018 Funds: $ -

Cohort 1 Non-Funded:

Applicant: Intrinsic SchoolsPDF Document
  • School Name: Intrinsic Schools 2
  • RCDT Code: N/A
Applicant: Concept SchoolsPDF Document
  • School Name: Horizon Science Academy - Belmont Charter School
  • RCDT Code: 15-016-9010-90
Applicant: Concept SchoolsPDF Document
  • School Name: Horizon Science Academy - McKinley Park Charter School
  • RCDT Code: 15-016-9000-90
  • School Name: UCSN 115 (Brighton Park Elementary School)
  • RCDT Code: 15-016-2990-AI
  • School Name: UCSN Soccer Academy High School
  • RCDT Code: 15-016-2990-AI
Applicant: pilotEDPDF Document
  • School Name: pilotED-Englewood
  • RCDT Code: N/A
  • School Name: Academy for Leadership and Innovation
  • RCDT Code: N/A
  • School Name: Instituto Justice and Leadership Academy Mastery Campus
  • RCDT Code: 15-016-2990-BS
  • School Name: Center of High Hopes Career Center
  • RCDT Code: N/A

 Grant Archive

  • 2015 CSP Grants Competition for Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools (Closed 7/15/15)
    The U.S. Department of Education's Charter Schools Program (CSP) recently announced the 2015 CSP Grants Competition for Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools. The deadline for transmittal of applications was July 15, 2015. This program is designed to assist non-profit charter management organizations, and other entities that are not for-profit entities, in replicating or expanding high-quality charter schools with demonstrated records of success. Applicants must have experience operating more than one high-quality charter school. More information can be found at: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/charter-rehqcs/index.html 

  • Charter Schools Program Non State Educational Agencies (Non-SEA) Grant Program (Closed 6/6/12)
    The Charter Schools Program (CSP) recently announced a new grant competition for charter schools and charter school development teams: the Charter Schools Program Non State Educational Agencies (Non-SEA) Grant Program. The deadline for transmittal of applications was June 6, 2012. Under this grant competition, the CSP provides grants directly to charter schools to plan, design, and complete the initial implementation of their school. This program also provides funds to charter schools that have been in operation for at least 3 consecutive years to support dissemination activities (i.e., assisting other schools in adapting the charter school’s program or dissemination of information about the charter school). Additional information can be found at the following link: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/charternonsea/applicant.html

  • Replication and Expansion for High-Quality Charter Schools Grant Competition (Closed 5/7/12)
    The Charter Schools Program (CSP) recently announced a new grant competition for nonprofit CMOs and other not-for-profit entities:  the Replication and Expansion for High-Quality Charter Schools grant competition.  The deadline for transmittal of applications was May 7, 2012.  Under this grant competition, the CSP awards money to non-profit charter management organizations that have demonstrated success, including improved academic achievement. Grant money may be used to expand enrollment of one or more existing charter schools, or to open one or more new charter schools based on the model for which the eligible applicant has presented evidence of success. Additional information can be found at the following link: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/charter-rehqcs/applicant.html.

  • 2011 CSP Grants Competition for Replication and Expansion (Closed 8/11/11)
    This grant competition ran for the first time in 2010, resulting in 12 grantees; descriptions of the 2010 grantees can be found here. This program is designed to assist non-profit charter management organizations, and other entities that are not for-profit entities, in replicating or expanding high-quality charter schools with demonstrated records of success. More information is available at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/charter-rehqcs/applicant.html

  • The electronic Charter Schools Program - QSO Program Design and Initial Implementation Request for Proposals (RFP) for Cohort II is now available through ISBE’s IWAS system. This subgrant opportunity can provide funding for the design and initial start-up costs of a new charter school. To be eligible to apply, applicants must have submitted an application to or have been approved to open by an authorizer. All applications must be submitted electronically to ISBE by 4p.m. on Monday, March 20, 2017. Any applicants interested in applying will need to submit the Letter of Intent to Apply Form in order to gain electronic access to the RFP. The Letter of Intent to Apply and PDF screenshots of the electronic RFP/application are included below. If you have questions, please send an email to charter@isbe.net or call Charter Schools at (312) 814-2220.
  • The Charter Schools Program Dissemination of Best Practices and Effective Innovation Grants FY 2017 Request for Proposal (RFP) is now available.  These subgrants are available to existing charter schools that have been opened three years or longer and have demonstrated strong student success in their programs with respect to student body diversity or student achievement and educational innovation.  The documents included below, the RFP Memo and the Charter Schools Dissemination FY 2017 RFP State Grant Assistance Application, contain the general overview of the subgrants, eligibility guidance, required components of the application and the application itself.  All applications must be delivered in paper format to the Illinois State Board of Education no later than 4:00 pm, on Tuesday February 14, 2017.  Any questions should be directed to charter@isbe.net.
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