Charter School Program Grant Applications



Michigan Receives the Charter School Program Grant for Expanding Opportunities Through Quality Charter School Programs (CSP)

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) was one of eight entities to receive funds from the United States Department of Education to support opening new, expanding or replicating high quality charter schools from 2018-2023. The major purposes of the grant are to expand opportunities for all students, particularly traditionally underserved students, to attend public charter schools and meet challenging state academic standards; to provide financial assistance for the planning, program design, and initial implementation of charter schools; to increase the number of high-quality charter schools available to students along with other additional supports.

The grant will support opening new charter schools, expand existing high-quality charter schools by at least 3 grades with 3 years of data, and replicate high-quality charter schools in another location. Michigan will follow the federal definition of high-quality charter schools: a) shows evidence of strong academic results which may include strong student academic growth as determined by the state; b) has no significant issues in the area of student safety, financial and operational management, or statutory or regulatory compliance; c) has demonstrated success in significantly increasing student academic achievement, including graduation rates where applicable, for all students served by the charter school; and d) has demonstrated success in increasing student academic achievement, including graduation rates where applicable, for each of the subgroups of students, as defined in section 1111(c)(2) of the ESEA, except that such demonstration is not required in a case in which the number of students in a group is insufficient to yield statistically reliable information or the results would reveal personally identifiable information about an individual student.

The total expected funding for Michigan is more than $47 million, to be allocated over 5 years through subgrants, technical assistance, and grant administration. Michigan will be able to award approximately $42 million. If eligible for a subgrant, each awardee will receive $1 million for the length of the award with a bonus of $250,000 to open, replicate or expand in areas with limited options to high-performing schools, with a focus on high schools.

Charter School Program Grant FAQ

Applications are due by 5:00 pm on April 30, 2019.  Application documents and timeline for submission are be posted below:
Charter School Program Application
Charter School Program Grant Timeline and Expectations
Charter School Program Grant Intent to Apply

Listed below are three sample letters:
Authorizer Representative Expansion
Authorizer Representative New
Authorizer Representative Replication

The Michigan Department of Education, Public School Academies (PSA) Unit will hold an informational meeting for those interested in opening, replicating or expanding charter schools on  Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Library of Michigan (Forum), 702 W. Kalamazoo Street, Lansing, Mi 48915. To be eligible for Charter School Program funding during this and all future rounds applicants will need to have an obligation to open a charter school or be in consideration for expansion or replication by their authorizer.  All Expansions and replications will need supporting student success data over the past three years.  Additionally, all expansions must look at adding at least three grade levels.

Charter School Program Grant Informational Meeting Powerpoint - a copy of the recorded meeting can be requested at