Charter Schools Program (CSP) Grant

Charter Schools Program (CSP) Grant

NEW Request For Application

The FY2019 Grant Competition window is April 20 - May 21, 2018.
An updated RFA and instructions for new and continuation applications are available below.

Round 2 RFA Training - April 19th

FY 2019 Sponsors Eligibility Criteria | FY 2019 Eligible Sponsors’ List
FY 2019 High-Performing Schools Criteria | FY2019 High-Performing Schools’ List
Notice of Grant Opportunity: 2019 Ohio Charter Schools ProgramAllowable Costs Guide | FAQs

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 to apply for a subgrant, sponsors must receive an overall rating of “Effective” or “Exemplary” on the most recent annual sponsor evaluation and earn a score of 3 or better for quality standards D.04 and E.02. Sponsors that did not score a 3 or better for standards D.04 and E.02 were eligible to submit a corrective action plan to address specific deficiencies on those two standards.

Applicants must implement a community school based on a high-performing educational model as an eligibility requirement for the CSP grant.

Grant Application and Submission Process

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

Fillable forms and templates are part 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 complies with any page limit requirements listed.

Note: Some of the fields on the application templates have scrolling capability. Please 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.

New CSP Grantees

The section below includes information pertaining to new CSP subgrantees, including required forms.

Current CSP Subgrantees

The section below includes information pertaining to current CSP subgrantees including the continuation application and required forms.

CSP Subgrant Award Recipients

FY18 Recipients

Grant Readers

The Ohio Department of Education is seeking grant readers for the Charter Schools Program subgrant competition.  To review the requirements and apply, click here.

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
    • Lenny Schafer, Executive Director, Ohio Council of Community Schools
  • 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
    • Nichelle Shaskus, Director, Ohio Afterschool Network
  • National organizations with expertise in community school oversight and quality
    • Vacant

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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