Charter School Program Grant Technical Assistance 2011-2014 RFP Planning and Implementation. Background.
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The Charter School Program (CSP) is authorized by Title V, Part B, Subpart 1 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, and is administered at the federal level by the U.S. Department of Education.
The CSP provides support for planning, program design, and initial implementation of charter schools. The intent of the program is to expand the number of high quality charter schools and to give students more educational opportunities, resulting in higher student achievement.
Eligible Applicants Are:
The charter school must serve
students in grades K-12.
Proposals are due by the close of business on
February 18, 2011, to the following address:
Office of Grants Management
Florida Department of Education
325 W. Gaines Street, Room 332
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
Facsimile and e-mail submissions are not acceptable.
Charter School opening 2011-12 school year:
This is a multi-year project comprised of three program
performance periods that combined may not exceed 36
Charter School opened 2010-11 school year:
This is a multi-year project comprised of two program
performance periods that combined may not exceed 24
1. Implementation (max 24 months)
Implementation is broken into two awards (IMPI & IMPII), which cannot exceed 24 months in total
Based on the availability of funds, the following is an example of how funds may be awarded:
1. Planning and Program Design: $25,000
(For entities authorized to open for the 2011-12 school year)
2. First Year Implementation
1-200 Students: $225,000
201+ Students: $275,000
3. Second Year Implementation: $75,000
An additional $250,000 (each school) may be awarded to up to 5 schools that meet the following criteria:
1. Located within the feeder zone of one or more of Florida’s Persistently Lowest Achieving (PLA) schools
2. Utilizes a weighted lottery system that gives preference to students wishing to transfer from a PLA school
3. Initial enrollment of at least 75 students and plans to expand to a minimum of 150
4. Enrolls and retains substantial number of students currently attending or zoned for a PLA school
5. Demonstrate capacity to improve student achievement through partnership or by student achievement data
Project Narrative: Must address Sections
2 – 7, in that order (up to 20 pages)
The Instructions describe what the applicant is to include in each Narrative Component.
The bulleted, italicized Criteria add detail to the instructions and are used by proposal reviewers to assess and score each Narrative Component.
Preference points may be earned by applicants
that document meeting one or more of the
following funding priorities:
The applicant is the only approved charter school within the school district
The applicant will operate in a district identified by the Department as underrepresented or underserved
The applicant will operate in a district with a grade of “C” or lower
The applicant has partnered with a state university and/or community college to develop an integrated career academy or other expanded opportunity for accelerated mechanisms
“Contact name” should be the person responsible for handling
the grant paperwork for the charter school.
and Charter Head)
DOE 101S: Budget Narrative
ALL phases of
CSP Grant Objectives
The Department will track each project’s performance based on
the information in the CSP Grant Objectives.
Voluntary Agreement Form:
Each charter school is required to utilize the sponsoring
district as their fiscal agent for this project.
The sponsor is prohibited from deducting funds for indirect costs, including administrative fees or expenses, from a sub-grant awarded to an eligible applicant, unless the eligible applicant enters voluntarily into a mutually agreed upon arrangement for administrative services with the sponsor.
More information is available in our Administrative Fees TAP.
Applications that do not adhere to the
Technical/Formatting requirements will
not be accepted:
One (1) original and one (1) copy
Font Type/Size is Arial/12 pt
Margin size is 1 inch (both side and top/bottom)
No Bound Copies
Adhere to page limitations
The following conditions must be met for a
proposal to be considered for review:
Received by close of business in Grants Management on February 18, 2011
Includes required forms
* DOE 100A Application Form with original signatures
* DOE 101S Budget Narrative for the first budget period only
Submission of the signed certification signifying compliance with the “General Assurance for Participation in Federal and State Programs” (if not already on file in the DOE Comptroller’s Office)
Method of Review:
Based on a 100 point scale
A minimum score of 70 points is required for an application to be considered eligible for funding
A proposal must have a score of at least 70 points before preference points may be earned
Method of Review:
Averages and conversions will be rounded to the second decimal point (one through four at the third decimal will be rounded down; five through nine at the third decimal will be rounded up).
The high and low scores will be dropped and the average of the three remaining scores will constitute averaged reviewers’ score.
Proposals with an averaged score of 70 or more will be assessed by the Department for preference points, which will be added to the averaged reviewers’ score, if applicable, to determine the proposal’s final score.
Method of Review:
All proposals will be ranked in order of highest to lowest final score.
Funding will be recommended for the applicant with the highest score followed by succession by the next highest scores until funds are exhausted.
Proposals with a final score of less than 70 will not be recommended for funding.
All funded projects are subject to
The procedures outlined in:
The Project Application and Amendment Procedures for Federal and State Programs (Green Book)
The General Assurances for Participation in Federal and State Programs.
Supporting documentation for expenditures is required for all funding methods and must be available upon request.
Federal guidelines do not allow recipients to use these project funds for expenditures encumbered prior to the effective date of the project award.
Funds are intended to supplement, not supplant, state and local funds.
Subgrantees must avoid apparent and actual conflicts of interest when administering grants.
Subgrantee Conflict of Interest Technical Assistance Paper