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Colorado Charter Schools Program (CCSP)

The Colorado Charter Schools Program (CCSP) provides a grant and technical assistance for up to 4-years to new and expanding charter schools. The Colorado Department of Education was awarded $55 million to administer annual sub-grant competitions from 2018 through 2023.         

Colorado Charter Schools Program Details:

*All 2020-2021 CCSP Grant Updates and Documents are now published at links below!

Application & Renewal Process

Technical Assistance


An existing or prospective charter school may be eligible if they demonstrate they
1) Meet the federal definitions of a "charter school" and "developer"
2) Have been approved by a charter school authorizer (LEA), qualifying as one of the following:
a. New Charter School
b. Replication of a High Quality Charter School
c. Expansion of a High Quality Charter School

Eligible Expenses

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:

  • Planning period hiring and compensation
  • Supplies, training, equipment (including technology) and educational materials
  • Researched based professional development costs
  • One time start up costs associated with providing transportation to students to and from school
  • Necessary minor facilities repair (not including construction)

The Colorado Department of Education's Schools of Choice 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 stateThe USDOE awarded CDE this grant in 2018.

Other Resources

Other state and federal grant opportunities