This grant program provides support for charter school planning, program design, and initial implementation.

Total estimated program funding is $1 million, with five awards expected.

This competition is not open to applicants in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin. Eligible applicants in these states, which have Charter Schools Program State Education Agency grants, should contact the state agency for information related to the subgrant competition.