Grant Details

Charter School Program Grant (Subchapter C and D)

 
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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    A - Primarily intended to fund technology

    Authority

    Texas Education Agency (TEA)

    Summary

    The purpose of the Texas Quality Charter Schools Program Grant is to support the growth of highquality charter schools in Texas, especially those focused on improving academic outcomes for educationally disadvantaged students. This will be achieved through administering the 2021–2023 Charter School Program Grant (Subchapter C and D) to assist eligible applicants in opening and preparing for the operation of newly-authorized charter schools and replicated high-quality schools.


    Allowable activities and uses of funds include:

    • Teacher, school leader, and specialized instructional support personnel salaries (specialized instructional support personnel includes school counselors, school social workers, and school psychologists; and other qualified professional personnel, such as school nurses, speech-language pathologists, and school librarians, involved in providing assessment, diagnosis, counseling, educational, therapeutic, and other necessary services).
    • One-time start-up equipment purchases necessary to implement a charter school (includes desks, chairs, computers, equipment related to technology, physical education and art, and playground equipment)
    • Costs associated with the installation of computers, data systems, networks, and telephones
    • Rental or occupancy costs for the school facility, up to the first 30 days of the initial implementation phase, in preparation for the opening of the charter school campus 
    • Costs associated with carrying out necessary renovations and minor facilities repairs (excluding construction)
    • One-time, startup costs associated with providing transportation to students to and from the charter school campus
    • Special education support
    • Financial management software and training • Professional development/training for teachers and staff, including travel and registration fees
    • Implementing PEIMS
    • Property insurance to cover equipment purchased with grant funds
    • Other operating costs expended on allowable activities that cannot be supported from other state or local sources
     

    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    This grant program is authorized by the Public Law 114-95, Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA), Title IV, Part C – Expanding Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools; Texas Education Code (TEC), Chapter 12; and Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 100, Subchapter AA. Shared services arrangements (SSAs) are not allowed for this grant program


    Unallowable costs and activities include:

    • Field Trips
    • Advisory Councils
    • Memberships in civic or community organizations
    • Hosting or sponsoring conferences
    • Debt service (lease-purchase)
    • Food
    • Salaries or contracted personnel beyond the first 30 days of the initial implementation phase of the charter school campus, which starts the day the campus begins to serve students
    • Rental or occupancy costs for the school facility beyond the first 30 days of the initial implementation phase, which starts the day the campus begins to serve students
    • Lease/rental of equipment
    • Purchase or lease of land or real estate
    • Construction
    • Consumable instructional or other supplies and materials
    • Accounting/bookkeeping services except for the purchase of accounting software to comply with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)
    • Ongoing costs associated with transportation for students to and from the charter school campus during the regular school day
    • Annual audit services
    • Ongoing food service
    • Other property and liability insurance
    • Interest on loans
    • Deposits of any kind, such as security deposits or service deposits
    • Religious instruction, materials, or insignia
    • Extra-curricular activities such as University Interscholastic League (UIL), competitions, athletic programs that are not part of the state-required physical education program, and clubs (e.g., chess club)

    In addition, check with the General and Fiscal guidelines when applying for competitive grants to ensure compliance with all federal requirements. See guidelines at https://tea.texas.gov/finance-and-grants/grants/grants-administration/guidelines-provisions-and-assurances

    Contacts

    Arnoldo Alaniz

    Arnoldo Alaniz
    Division of Charter School Administration
    1701 Congress Ave
    Austin, TX 78701
    (512) 463-9575
     

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants include an open-enrollment charter school campus designated by the commissioner of education, for the 2021–2022 or 2022-2023 school year, as a high-quality campus pursuant to the 19 TAC, Chapter 100, Subchapter AA §§100.1033(b)(9) and 100.1033(b)(13).


    NOTE: Open-enrollment charter schools requesting en expansion amendment and high- quality campus designation for the e 2021–2022 or 2022-2023 school year by March 26, 2021, are considered eligible to apply for the grant. However, the commissioner must approve the expansion amendment request and designate the campus as a high-quality campus prior to the charter receiving grant funding, if awarded

    Deadline Details

    A Letter of Intent is to be submitted by April 9, 2021. The deadline to submit applications is on April 20, 2021, at 11:59 Central Time.

    Award Details

    A total of $9,900,000 is available in funding. Approximately 8 grants will be awarded ranging in amounts up to $900,000. Cost-share is not required

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