Resources & Research

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Federal Register

The Federal Register is the official daily publication of notices by federal agencies, including notices about grant applications. A daily e-mail of the table of contents is available. An example of a January 2011 notice for the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program from the Department of Education shows that although charter schools are not mentioned in the title, they are specifically identified in the section on entities that are eligible for the program.

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

This website provides a full listing of all the federal assistance programs available to state and local governments, as well as federally recognized Indian tribal governments, nonprofit and specialized groups and individuals, and others. The top five agencies in issuing programs are the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Education, and the Department of Justice.

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This website serves as a clearinghouse for information about scores of grant programs involving 44 federal grant-making agencies and entities, with annual awards totaling billions of dollars. It provides tools to search for grant opportunities, as well as applying for and tracking grants.

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Grantmaking at the Department of Education: Answers to Your Questions About the Discretionary Grants Process

This 2010 publication from the U.S. Department of Education provides a nontechnical summary of the discretionary grants process and the laws and regulations that govern it. The publication covers what is involved in the application and review process and the requirements for grant administration, among other issues.

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Open Discretionary Grant Competitions, U.S. Department of Education

This is a regularly updated list of open discretionary grant competitions offered by the U.S. Department of Education. It provides the competition program name and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number, both of which are linked to more information, as well as the closing date by which applications must be filed. The listings also include contact information, and there is an archive of competitions that have closed.

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Forecast of Funding Opportunities, Under the Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs

This regularly updated document lists virtually all the programs and competitions for which the U.S. Department of Education has invited or expects to invite applications for new awards. It provides actual or estimated deadlines for the transmittal of applications, but it is not an official application notice.

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Guide to U.S. Department of Education Programs

This 2010 guide provides an overview of U.S. Department of Education programs and grants. It includes programs designed specifically for charter schools and notes charter schools' eligibility for other programs. Program descriptions, contact information, the size and number of grants offered, and other details are provided. The guide also outlines the Department's Charter Schools Program funding.

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Troops To Teachers, Data on Charter School Hires by State and Year

At least 385 military personnel who have participated in the Department of Defense’s Troops To Teachers (TTT) program have gone to jobs at charter schools, according to this data table provided in March 2011 to the National Charter School Resource Center by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), which oversees the program.

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Troops To Teachers, Employment Demographics Report

This Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) report reviews the demographics of Troops To Teachers (TTT), established in 1994 as a Department of Defense program.

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Achievement First: Developing A Teacher Performance Management System that Recognizes Excellence

This March 2011 report from The Aspen Institute Education & Society Program provides an extensive description of the Achievement First charter school network’s system for managing the performance of teachers.