Charter Schools Program (CSP) Grant

Charter Schools Program (CSP) Grant

Request For Application

The grant competition is now closed.

Notice of Grant Opportunity | Request for Application (Revised May 2017) 

Review and Award Process | Application Forms and Templates | Grant Application and Submission  

Application Training VideosAllowable Costs Guide | FAQs

Organizations meeting the criteria to be a Needs Assessment Advisory Group either opted not to participate or did not respond to the invitation for the first round of the Charter School Program Grant competition. The Department will solicit interest prior to the next round of applications. Any organization interested in serving in this capacity may contact the Office of Community Schools via email for more information.

In 2015, Ohio received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to significantly increase access to high-performing public charter education opportunities for Ohio’s most disadvantaged boys and girls. 

Grant Information

Grant Purpose

The purposes of the grant are to support the opening of high-performing site-based community schools, provide for more site-based community schools serving disadvantaged students where no effective options exist, and to increase accountability and autonomy for community school sponsors protecting student trust and public investment in Ohio’s community schools.

Types of Grants Available

Two types are available: planning subgrants, intended for groups of individuals who are developing a high-performing community school, and implementation subgrants for community schools in their first and second years of operation. Up to $100,000 is available for planning subgrants, up to $350,000 for first-year implementation grants and up to $250,000 for second-year implementation subgrants.

Grant Eligibility

To be eligible, the planning subgrant applicant must have entered into a Preliminary Agreement with a sponsor rated “effective” or “exemplary” overall on the most recent sponsor evaluation. Similarly, community schools whose sponsor was rated “effective” or “exemplary” overall on the most recent sponsor evaluation are eligible to apply for implementation subgrants. More information on eligibility can be found here.

Grant Application and Submission Process

The application and submission process has been approved by the U.S. Department of Education and is available here.

Applications must be submitted through the Department’s online e-grant system, the Comprehensive Continuous Improvement Plan (CCIP).  The following links will assist the applicant with navigation and completing the application process in the CCIP:

  • To Access the CCIP, click here.
  • For CCIP technical assistance videos, sign into your SAFE account and click here.
  • For guidance on CCIP navigation, sign into your SAFE account and click here.

Grant Application Forms and Templates

Following are the fillable forms and templates for various parts of the CSP subgrant application. Applicants are required to use these forms and templates. Applicants who use additional pages for any of the appendices must make sure that the specific appendix fulfills any page limit requirements listed.

Note: Some of the fields on the application templates have scrolling capability. Do not use that feature. All text typed into a field must be viewable within that field. Text entered that goes beyond the allotted field size will not be viewed.  If the field space is not large enough to include the entire response, please use additional sheets of paper, making sure to remain within any overall specified page limits.

CSP Subgrant Award Recipients

FY18 Recipients

Grant Readers

The opportunity for grant readers for the CSP grant is now closed.

If you are interested in becoming a CSP grant reader please review the criteria for participating and then contact InGenesis.

Training on application for eligible community school sponsors and schools

Advisory Committee

The purpose of this committee shall be to advise and support the transparency of ODE as it implements the CSP Grant.


The Committee is composed of individuals from key stakeholder groups in Ohio representing nonprofits with relevant expertise in community school sponsor quality; state community school organizations; institutes of higher education with expertise in performance management; high-quality community school management organizations; organizations that represent the interests of families and children enrolled in community schools; and a national organization with expertise in community school oversight and quality. The committee consists of the following individuals representing the following key stakeholder groups:

  • The Superintendent of Public Instruction or his designee
  • Nonprofits with expertise in community school sponsor quality
    • Chad Aldis, Vice President for Ohio Policy and Advocacy, Thomas B. Fordham Institute
  • Ohio community school sponsor organizations
    • Peggy Young, President, Ohio Association of Charter School Authorizers
  • Representatives from institutes of higher education with particular expertise in performance management
    • Stephen Dackin, Superintendent of School and Community Partnerships, Columbus State Community College
    • Stephane Lavertu, Associate Professor, Ohio State University, John Glenn College of Public Affairs
  • Organizations that represent the interests of families with children in community schools
    • Kaleigh Lemaster, Executive Director, School Choice Ohio
  • National organizations with expertise in community school oversight and quality
    • Todd Ziebarth, Senior Vice President, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Meeting Dates

The Committee shall meet on at least semi-annual basis with the first meeting occurring thirty days prior to the department publishing its first request for application for the CSP Grant.  Thereafter the Committee shall meet in June and December of each year.  Future dates will be forthcoming:


Additional Documents

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