2013-2014 Dissemination Subgrants Request for Proposals
The dissemination program will foster the sharing of charter school best practices, encourage the development of new high-quality charter schools, offer technical assistance to developers, provide mentorship for new charter developers, and distribute policy guides and governance examples to all interested parties.
ELIGIBILITY: Charter schools that have been in operation for three (3) or more years.
NUMBER OF AWARDS: Competitive; approximately 2-3 per year.
MAXIMUM AWARD: The funding period will be for two (2) years with a maximum award amount of $65,000.
FUNDING PRIORITY: Priority for funding will be given to applications that target the replication of successful programs or support the start up of new high-quality charter schools to improve student achievement for secondary school students and increase graduation rates. Applicants must provide evidence of past student progress or academic achievement, high levels of parental satisfaction and financial viability in order to qualify for this priority. Examples would include NECAP yearly assessments, parental surveys, program evaluations, financial and audit documentation, and yearly progress reports.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL: Successful charter schools operating in their fourth year will be encouraged to apply.
EXTERNAL REVIEW PROCESS: all dissemination applications will be reviewed for compliance with state and federal laws. The NHDOE will appoint a peer review team to review and score all applications. This team will be comprised of professionals knowledgeable about charter schools as well as have teaching and/or school administration experience. Upon applications are individually reviewed and scored team members will discuss their scoring and make a group recommendation for funding. Applicants will receive notification of the status of their application. The rubric for the scoring of the dissemination application is based on a 100 point scale - Charter School Dissemination Application Evaluation Rubric
SUBGRANTEE REQUIREMENTS: Successful applicants must make any necessary revisions and provide any necessary documentation prior to release of funds. All sub grantees must provide assurances that they will participate in any other state and federal reporting, evaluation or onsite monitoring required. Subgrantees will be required to attend a mandatory reporting session annually to submit progress reports detailing dissemination activities, outcomes and impact of their projects.
APPLICATION REVIEW CRITERIA: Review criteria include but are not limited to:
APPLICABLE FEDERAL GUIDANCE: Use of Funds for Dissemination Activities.
An SEA may reserve not more than 10 percent of its grant funds to support dissemination activities (20 U.S.C. 7221c(f)(1)). A charter school may use those funds to assist other schools in adapting the charter school's program (or certain aspects of the charter school's program) or to disseminate information about the charter school through such activities as—
(a) Assisting other individuals with the planning and start-up of one or more new public schools, including charter schools, that are independent of the assisting charter school and the assisting charter school's developers and that agree to be held to at least as high a level of accountability as the assisting charter school;
(b) Developing partnerships with other public schools, including charter schools, designed to improve student academic achievement in each of the schools participating in the partnership;
(c) Developing curriculum materials, assessments, and other materials that promote increased student achievement and are based on successful practices within the assisting charter school; and
(d) Conducting evaluations and developing materials that document the successful practices of the assisting charter school and that are designed to improve student achievement (20 U.S.C. 7221c(f)(6)(B)(i) through (iv)).
Dissemination Grant Awards: