As part of the Walton Family Foundation K-12 Education Reform focus area, we invest in organizations and programs that empower parents to choose among high-performing schools and insert competition into public education.  The Public Charter Startup Grant program supports the creation of public charters by providing grants to school developers as they launch new schools. Grantees are school developers who primarily serve low-income children in our target geographies, and can demonstrate the capacity to dramatically raise student achievement. The grant program offers financial support to qualified schools during the authorization process and up to their first year of operation.

Only public charter schools drawing a majority of their students from these target districts may apply for Walton Family Foundation funds.