The U.S. Department of Education’s Charter Schools Program (CSP) has just announced the Non-State Educational Agency (Non-SEA) grant competition, with an application deadline of October 6, 2015.

The CSP’s Non-SEA Planning, Program Design, and Implementation competition (84.282B) provides grants directly to charter school developers so they can plan, design, and complete the initial implementation of their school. The Non-SEA Dissemination competition (84.282C) provides grants directly to existing public charter schools, which they can use to assist other schools in adapting the charter school program (or certain aspects of the charter schools’ program) or to disseminate information about the charter school.

For FY 2016, the Notice includes one absolute priority; only applications that meet this priority will be considered for an award. This priority is: Supporting high-need students [students living in poverty]: projects that are designed to improve academic outcomes and learning environments for students who are living in poverty and are served by schools with high concentrations of students living in poverty.

The Department plans to use up to $4,000,000 for these competitions and estimates making between 18 and 22 awards. The estimated average size of awards is $200,000 per year for up to three years for planning, program design, and initial implementation, or up to two years for dissemination (the Department is not bound by any estimates).

Applications are due by October 6, 2014 at 4:30:00 p.m. EST, Washington DC time and must be submitted through Grants.gov. The grant application is available at www.grants.gov; the easiest way to find it is to click on “Apply for Grants”, “Download an Application Package”, and search by CFDA number (84.282). That will give you the chance to download both the application itself, and the application package instructions.

Be aware that Grants.gov does not require registration to download and work on the application, but does require registration to submit (http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration.html). Registration is a multi-step process, and Grants.gov recommends allowing up to 4 weeks to complete the registration process, so we recommend you start as soon as possible. If you are already registered, also be aware that SAM registration needs to be updated annually.

The Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 is found at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-21/pdf/2015-20723.pdf

More information is available at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/charternonsea/applicant.html and http://www2.ed.gov/programs/charternonsea-dissemination/index.html

PRE-APPLICATION WEBINARS

A pre-application meeting will be held via webinar on Wednesday, August 26 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Washington, DC time) and on Wednesday, September 9, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Washington, DC time). For those interested in participating in the August 26th webinar, please use the following link: https://educateevents.webex.com/educateevents/onstage/g.php?d=747979616&t=a. For those interested in participating the September 9 webinar, please use the following link: https://educateevents.webex.com/educateevents/onstage/g.php?d=744647301&t=a. The password for each webinar is “nsea”.

There is no registration fee for participating in this meeting. Please forward this invitation to others in your organization you think may be interested in this presentation.

If you have any questions regarding the grant competition or scheduled webinars, please contact Lourdes Rivery at Lourdes.Rivery@ed.gov or at 202-453-7060.