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2020-21 Public Charter Schools Grant Program (PCSGP)

Grants to California Nonprofits and LEAs to Develop
and Expand High-Performance Charter Schools

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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California Department of Education (CDE) - Charter Schools Division

Conf. Date:

01/14/21

Deadline Date:

03/23/21 - Receipt of mailed applications; Midnight - Receipt of emailed copy

Description:

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Grants to California nonprofit entities and LEAs to develop and expand charter schools within the State. Funding is intended to support operational and startup costs for high performance schools serving K-12 students. Funds may be used for activities that assist in the planning, implementation, replication, and expansion of newly established and conversion charter schools.

The CDE will award PCSGP Planning, Implementation, Replication, and Expansion sub-grants each year through fiscal year (FY) 2022–23, pending annual allocations from the Department of Education (ED). These sub-grants may be used for planning, program design, initial implementation, replication, and expansion of a high-quality charter schools. For a definition and criterial of a high-quality charter school, see pp. 8-9 of the RFA.

The expansion grant provides grants to charter schools that are adding new grade levels or significantly increasing enrollment.

For allowable use of funds, see p. 18 of the RFA listed in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 152829

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$6,000,000

Number of Grants:

For Fiscal Year 2020–21, the CDE has an approved pipeline and budget to award the following number of PCSGP grants: Planning OR Implementation = seven (7) sub-grants, Replication = eight (8) sub-grants, Expansion = five (5) sub-grants. The number of Planning, Implementation, and Replication may vary based on demand. If all authorized awards are not approved for funding, the CDE will open additional grant competition events for new applicants until all of the allocated funds have been awarded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum sub-grant award is $600,000, for up to a 36-month period of time, with one additional opportunity to apply for supplemental funding, of up to $100,000, to specifically serve educationally disadvantaged students (EDS).

- Planning only: Up to $100,000
- Implementation and Replication only:
Year 1 up to $300,000
Year 2 up to $200,000
Year 3 up to $100,000
- Implementation add-on funding for Planning sub-grants:
Year 1 up to $300,000
Year 2 up to $200,000
- Expansion:
Year 1 up to $100,000
Year 2 up to $100,000
Year 3 up to $100,000

Term of Contract:

The sub-grant effective award start date will be February 1, 2021.

No PCSGP sub-grant award can go beyond California’s grant period end date of June 30, 2023.

- Planning grants: Not to exceed 18 months. Planning sub-grants end on the day prior to the first day of instruction (including summer school programs).
- Implementation only: Not to Exceed 36 Months
- Replication only: Not to Exceed 36 Months
- Planning plus Implementation: Term cannot exceed 36 months
- Expansion: Not to Exceed 36 Months

Eligibility:

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are awarded to nonprofit entities and local educational agencies.

An applicant must be a nonprofit entity and in good standing with the California Secretary of State.

Applicants must have an approved charter by an authorizing agency to be eligible to apply; a developer, as defined by ESEA §4310(5), must have an approved charter petition from an authorized public chartering authority by the due date of the RFA.

To qualify for continued PCSGP funding, all sub-grantees serving students must show enrollment of at least 80 students at any point in time during the first year of the sub-grant award. Eligible grade levels are K-12.

NEW Non-classroom Based Charter School Eligibility:

For the 2020–21 amended PCSGP RFA released February 18, 2021, non-classroom based charter schools are eligible to apply for Planning, Implementation, or Replication grant funds if:
1. The charter petition for a NEW non-classroom based charter school was approved in the 2019 calendar year,
2. The charter school does not qualify as a continuing charter school under Education Code section 47605(a)(5)(E), 47605.1(c)(5)(B), 47605.9(d), or 47612.7(b). This exclusion includes (a) a charter school that was previously a resource center under an existing charter school, and (b) a charter school that was previously under another authorizer or at another location.
3. The school did not begin serving students before July 1, 2019.

A newly established or conversion classroom-based charter school may be eligible for a Planning, Implementation, or Replication sub-grant during the PCSGP application period (Thursday, January 7, 2021, through Tuesday, March 23, 2021), provided that the school did not begin serving students prior to July 1, 2019 (See Appendix B for definition of “newly established charter school”), and if the charter school has not received a CSP grant from CDE or ED within the past five years. A newly established or conversion classroom-based charter school is not eligible for an Expansion sub-grant.

Non-classroom-based and virtual charter schools may be eligible for an Expansion sub-grant, provided the school meets the definition of a high-quality charter school (see Appendix B of the RFA), and if the charter school has not received a CSP grant from CDE or ED within the past five years. A non-classroom-based or virtual charter school is not eligible for a Planning, Implementation, or Replication sub-grant.

For further details on eligibility, and definition of a charter school (under "Additional Eligibility Requirements"), see pp. 4-5 in the RFA listed in Supporting Documents below.

For additional eligibility requirements for Expansion and Replication Applicants, see pp. 7-8 of the RFA.

For Autonomy, Staffing, and additional requirements, see pp. 9-11 of the RFA.

Funding priority will be given to eligible applicants who demonstrate the following: :

1) The applicant school site will be located in an area defined as rural county AND in a Qualified Opportunity Zone (QOZ). Rural counties have populations below 65,000 based on the 2010 United States Census. The 2020–2023 Charter School Program established preference priorities to spur investment in QOZs.
2) The applicant provides a signed facility agreement with the PCSGP application.
3) The applicant proposed opening a new charter high school.
4) The applicant school site will be located in a district or county with less than 10 publicly funded charter schools.
5) Expansion Sub-grant Applicants only – The high-quality school site to be expanded is located in a densely populated urban QOZ.

Charter schools under, or part of, a CMO currently awarded, or subsequently awarded, a federal CSP grant from ED will not be eligible to apply for California PCSGP funding.

Individuals and for-profit entities will be deemed ineligible.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Technical Assistance Webinar: Overview of the RFA and Sub-grant Budget Training Thursday, January 14, 2021.

Pre-Application Information:

The original application packet must be received by the Charter Schools Division on, or before March 23, 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, original application packets must be mailed to the address found in Contact Information below. Postmarks will not be honored.

In addition, the electronic copy, saved as one PDF file, should be emailed to PCSGP-APPS@cde.ca.gov, no later than midnight on the application due date.

Please note: Submitting only the electronic version of the application packet does NOT constitute meeting the submission deadline.

Timeline:

Please note the following dates for the 2020–23 Public Charter Schools Grant Program (PCSGP). The sub-grant effective award start date will be February 1, 2021 for all applications received by February 23, 2021 AND March 1, 2021 for all applications received by March 23, 2021.

- Thursday, January 7, 2021: Post final request for applications (RFA) on the California Department of Education (CDE) website
- Thursday, January 14, 2021: Technical Assistance Webinar: Overview of the RFA and Sub-grant Budget Training
- *Extended*: March 23, 2021 PCSGP Application Due Date - Note: Applicants must have an approved charter petition prior to applying for the grant.
- Tentatively March 2, 2021 to April 13, 2021: Peer Reviewers evaluate and score all eligible applications
- Tuesday, April 30, 2021: PCSGP Office notifies applicants of application status
- After approval of PCSGP budget: Issue Grant Award Notification (GAN) to awardees. Sub-grantees must sign and return the GAN to CDE
- Begins upon CDE receipt of signed GAN and submission and approval of first Quarter Expenditure Report: Reimbursement Payment Request Process (approximately 8–10 weeks)

Applicants must have a DUNS number and be registered in System of Award Management (SAM).

This is a reimbursement grant.

For additional information about the Public Charter Schools Grant Program: https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/ch/pcsgp.asp

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applicants responding to this RFA must submit one complete electronic PDF copy and one hard copy of the application packet.
Public Charter Schools Grant Program
California Department of Education
Charter Schools Division
1430 N Street, Suite 5401
Sacramento, CA 95814-5901

The electronic copy, saved as one PDF file, should be emailed to PCSGP-APPS@cde.ca.gov

Contacts:
- Program: Linda Greer, 916-323-0482, LGreer@cde.ca.gov
- Fiscal: Tamie Thompson, 916-319-0293, TThompson@cde.ca.gov
- Division: Charter School Division, 916-322-6029 (phone), 916-322-1465 (fax), Email: PCSGP-APPS@cde.ca.gov

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