Federal Charter Schools
CSFA Number: 586-00-1155
Agency Name
State Board Of Education (586)
Agency Contact
David Turovetz
Short Description
To provide grants via the Federal Charter Schools Program to eligible applicants to increase the number of high-quality charter schools in Illinois and to support efforts by existing high-performing charter schools to disseminate best practices and create replicable models.
Subject Area
Program Function
Enabling Legislation
Title V, Part B, Subpart 1 ESEA
Objectives and Goals
The purpose of the Program Design and Implementation grant is to solicit proposals from charter school design teams working with a school district or from charter schools already in operation that meet the purposes of the Federal Charter Schools Program, which are listed below.

1. Provide financial assistance for the Program Design and initial Implementation of charter schools;
2. Expand the number of high-quality and educationally diverse charter schools throughout the state by supporting the efforts of charter school design teams and organizers; and
3. Evaluate the effects of charter schools, including their effects on students (in particular, on student academic achievement), staff, and parents

The purpose of the Dissemination grant is to share best practices from the charter school with other charter schools and public schools.
Types of Assistance
Project Grants
Uses and Restrictions
The Program Design grant is for a charter organization to bring together a design team to plan the charter school. The grant can be for no more than 18 months and grantees cannot be open. The Implementation grant is for charter organizations to implement their plan. The grant can be for no more than 24 months and charters open two years or less are eligible to apply or the Program Design’s continuation grant will become an Implementation grant upon evidence of completing the requirements of Program Design. The grant can be for no more than 36 months in total and for no more than three years open. No grantee can receive funds if they do not receive approval for their charter from the charter authorizer.

The Dissemination grant is to share best practices. The charter school has to have been opened at least three years. A charter can only receive one Dissemination grant. There are two types of Dissemination subgrants to charter schools:
• Student Body Diversity Dissemination subgrants: up to $50,000 each.
• Student Achievement subgrants: up to $150,000 each.

This program is subject to federal non-supplanting requirements and grantees must use a restricted indirect cost rate that is referenced under 34 CFR 75.564-75.569, pursuant to federal regulations and an exception to the Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) and GATA approved by the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget.
Eligibility Requirements
Nonprofit organizations other than institutions of higher education that have 501(c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS); nonprofits other than institutions of higher educations that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS; and charter school organizations with 501(c)(3) status that have been open two years or less for the Program Design/Implementation grant or for three years or more for Dissemination grants are eligible.
Eligible Applicants
Education Organizations;
Application and Award Processing
a) Potential grantees will submit a letter of intent.
b) Pre-approval will be required prior to being awarded the grant.
c) A bidder’s webinar will be held
d) The application form is electronic. The potential grantee will need to have a Region County District Type (RCDT) code before they can access the form. If the potential grantee does not have an RCDT, one will be assigned.
e) The grantee will have 45 days to submit their application unless there is an extenuating circumstance that requires the grant to be awarded sooner than that.
f) The application will be reviewed by three reviewers using a merit-based review system. The criteria for review are in the application. Scores will be averaged and ranked, awarding the top grants to cover the funds available for the award.
g) Once approved through the expenditure review process, grantees will be notified of the award.
h) Grantees are made aware there is an appeal process of the evaluation process and who to contact.
Assistance Consideration
Post Assistance Requirements
a) Reports -- Expenditure reports are to be submitted at least quarterly. Reports are to provide evidence of the progress made on the Program Design grant in order to be eligible for continuation grants. Reports are required annually or more frequently based on need and risk.

b) Audits -- There will be periodic desk audits and on-site audits based on risk or at least once during the 36 months of the grant.

c) Records -- Each grantee will be required to annually submit at a minimum the following information:
1. Demographic information about the community that the charter school serves or intends to serve;
2. Student achievement data, particularly results on state assessments for reading and mathematics, from the surrounding schools and, once the charter school is open, from the charter school;
3. Rates of attendance, graduation, transfers, and other similar information;
4. Information about prospective students on waiting lists for the newly opened school;
5. Information about parent and community participation;
6. Summary evaluation information for all events administered with grant funds;
7. A description of all activities completed with grant funds and an analysis of their impact on the design and/or operation of the charter school; and
8. Additional information as required.
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2017 : $423,260
FY 2018 : $4,190,870
FY 2019 : $421,797
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDAward RangeApplication Range
Details18-4960-RF$150000 - $95000002/01/2018 - 03/05/2018 : 4:00 pm
Details19-4960-RFNot Applicable02/08/2019 - 03/25/2019 : 4 PM
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
65108220551-4960(00)Elgin Charter School Intv07/11/201906/30/2020235,000
15016264N00-4960(00)AIM Art in Motion07/01/201906/30/202010,000