The primary purpose of the Federal Charter School Program is to expand the number of high-quality charter schools available to students across the Nation by providing Federal financial assistance for charter school program design, initial implementation, and planning.
SEAs may use CSP funds to award sub-grants to charter schools in the State, charter schools may use the funds only for post-award planning and design of the educational program, and for initial implementation of a charter school.
Planning and implementation grants may be awarded for a period of up to three years, with no more than 18 months used for planning and program design, and no more than two years used for initial implementation of the charter school
New Hampshire’s highest priority for awarding CSP funds will be to schools that propose to increase the academic achievement of students who are at greatest risk of not meeting challenging state academic standards or completing high school.
In this application, these charter schools will be defined as those programs enrolling a majority of students whose home attendance districts are considered chronically low performing as indicated by an Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) classification, “District in Need of Improvement”. All applications for charter schools that meet this priority will receive a competitive scoring advantage and will be eligible for a 10% larger grant award than that available to applications for charter schools that will not serve this targeted population.
Examples of allowable and unallowable expenditures:
Salaries - Contract salaries and benefits are allowable as long as the activities the staff are engaged in are the planning and initial implementation of the school before it opens.
Rent - Rent is not an initial start-up or implementation cost and not allowable.
Facilities - Grant funds may not be used to buy or lease facilities. Some grant funds may be used for minor renovations, but not large renovations.
Facilities Allowable (minor) renovations include:
To meet applicable federal, state and local health and safety requirements.
Safety code – sprinkler systems, accessibility to ramps or bathrooms