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Start-up Process


Charter Schools Program (CSP) Assurances - State Educational Agencies CSP - Assurances for SEA

Charter School Start-up Grant

Charter school start-up funds support the initial planning and implementation of new charter schools. Start-up grants are allowed for up to 36 months. The charter school must open within 18 months of the grant award in order to continue receiving federal funds. Once students begin to attend the charter school, grant funds may not be used for operating costs.

To be eligible for charter school start-up funds, the applicant must have authorization by the State Board of Education to move forward with their charter. Upon authorization, the charter school must become established as a non-profit organization.

STEP 2 - Once an applicant's proposed Charter School has been authorized to move forward by the State Board of Education, the applicant may apply for Charter School Start-up federal funds (CFDA 84.282A):

  • Charter School Start-Up Grant Application
    The Charter School Start-up Grant RFP Acrobat Reader is used to apply for federal start-up funds to assist newly
    authorized charter schools in its planning and implementation phase. The start-up funds are to be used for planning and design of the educational program and initial implementation of the charter school. Start-up grants are awarded for a period of up to three years; the charter school must open within 18 months.
    • Scoring Rubric for New Charter School Applicants Start-up scoring rubric - a review panel will evaluate each start-up grant application based on the scoring rubric. The review criteria is based on a 100-point scale across eight (8) components. Please review the scoring rubric and address each of the eight (8) components within your start-up grant application.
    • Grant Award Matrix - Funding amounts are described for each type of charter school. Applications targeting at-risk students in a school district considered as "District in Need of Improvement" will be eligible for a 10% higher grant award.
  • Please submit your completed start-up application to the Charter School Office. The budget section of the application should show the projected expenditures of the requested federal funds for each of the three years (see example blank budget template) Excel and include a narrative section for each projected expenditure. Reviewers will be assigned to evaluate the application. Compiled feedback will be forwarded to the applicant which may result in a request to modify the application. Final approval will be given by the Commissioner's Office.

Fiscal Requirements for a new Charter School - newly established charter schools are required to submit the following: Vendor Application, Alternate W-9, Reporting Authority (RA) Request and General Assurances forms.

The Charter Schools Program federal funds cannot be distributed to a Foundation; funds must go directly to the Charter School. All required paperwork must be completed in order for a charter school to become established in the State of New Hampshire's accounting system as well as to receive federal funds. Please refer to the Fiscal Agent Requirements in order to complete the necessary paperwork.

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