The Colorado Charter Schools Program (CCSP) provides a grant and technical assistance for up to 3-years to new and expanding charter schools. Approximately $3,918,242 will be carried forward to provide 6-8 new CCSP Grant awards for a single 2015-16 award cycle. Additional funds are currently being sought through application for a 2015-2018 federal CSP award, which would provide for an additional 18 new CCSP Grant awards, if secured.
The 2015-16 award cycle will be announced August 2015 via the “CCSP Grant Application” link below, and will include a required training on August 19, 2015 (See 2015-16 CCSP Grant and Technical Assistance Calendar and Registration for event details).
CCSP Grants may be awarded for reasonable, one-off expenses associated with planning, design, and implementation of a new school or significant expansion project in the form of a 3-year grant for charter schools applying in the year before the launch of a new school or significant-expansion project, or in the form of a 2-year grant for those applying the year of a project launch. Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to:
- equipment and furnishings
- professional development
- board training
- curriculum & supplies
- library development
- software, etc.
The Colorado Department of Education's Schools of Choice (SOC) Office administers the Colorado Charter Schools Program through a federal Charter School Program [Title V, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) (P.L. 107-110)] grant for the state. The USDOE has awarded CDE this grant from 2010-2015, a five-year period, which has been extended through 2015/16 fiscal year for a small number of new CCSP grant awards. Information regarding the particulars of this award can be found within the 2010-2015 CDE Approved Grant Application [PDF]. CDE is currently in the process of seeking additional CSP funds to continue the full work of the COlorado Charter Schools Program through 2015/16 and beyond.
The following links provide information about the Colorado Charter Schools Program:
- 2015-16 CCSP Grant Application & Required Documents
- CCSP Grant Renewal Process
- Final Grant Report Template
- CCSP Guidebook (pdf)
- 2015-16 CCSP Grant and Technical Assistance Calendar -COMING SOON!
- Technical Assistance Requirements & Resources
- CCSP Funding Awards
- CSP Non-Regulatory Guidance
- Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR)