Federal Charter School Program (CSP) Grant

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to increase charter school quality and authorizer accountability. The Charter Center's four objectives focus on increasing the number of high-quality and sustainable charter schools and by doing so, the number of students served and academic achievement for all students, with particular attention to those who are disadvantaged, underserved and/or at risk. 

Minnesota’s Federal Charter Schools Program (CSP) Grant project objective include:

  1. Increase the number of high-quality charter schools that serve disadvantaged students and the overall number of students served by charter schools in Minnesota.
  2. Support charter schools in achieving the goals of Minnesota’s World’s Best Workforce legislation.
  3. Increase the quality of Minnesota charter schools through authorizer training and evaluation.
  4. Increase the sustainability of Minnesota’s charter schools. 
There are two types of grants available to charter schools that meet eligibility requirements. The start-up grant is available to new charter schools for the planning, program design and initial implementation of the new charter school.
 
The significant expansion/replication grant is available to high-quality charter schools for the planning, program design and initial implementation of the significantly expanded or replicated charter school.
 
Please see the CSP Grant Competition page for more information.