Competitive Grant Funding Available
ELIGIBLE APPLICANT ADDRESSED:
SUBJECT: Request for Application # 701-15-101
Public Charter School Program Start-Up Grant
The Texas Education Agency (TEA)
is requesting applications under request for application (RFA) #701-15-101,
2015-2016 Public Charter School Program Start-Up Grant.
The Texas Education Agency (TEA)
is requesting applications under Request for Applications (RFA) #701-15-101
from eligible charter schools to provide initial start-up funding for planning
and/or implementing charter school activities. This competitive grant opportunity is available for charter schools that
meet the federal definition of a charter school, have never received Public
Charter School Program start-up funds, and are one of the following: (1)
a campus charter school approved by its
local board of trustees pursuant to the Texas Education Code (TEC), Chapter 12,
Subchapter C, on or before December 15, 2014, that submits all required
documentation as required by the RFA and previously described in the "To
the Administrator Addressed" letter dated August 29, 2014; (2) an
open-enrollment charter school approved by the commissioner of education under
the Generation 19 charter application pursuant to the TEC, Chapter 12,
Subchapter D; (3) a college, university, or junior college charter school
approved by the commissioner pursuant to the TEC, Chapter 12, Subchapter E; or
(4) an open-enrollment charter school designated by the commissioner of
education for the 2015-2016 school year, as a new school under an existing
charter. Charters awarded by the commissioner under the Generation 19
application that have been notified of contingencies to be cleared prior to
receiving a charter contract are considered eligible to apply for the grant.
However, these charters should be diligent in working with TEA to complete the
contingency process as all contingencies pertaining to the charter application
and approval must be cleared and a contract issued to the charter holder prior
to receiving grant funding, if awarded. Charters submitting an application for
a New School Designation for the 2015-2016 school year are considered eligible
to apply for the grant. However, the commissioner must designate the campus as
a new school under an existing charter prior to the charter receiving grant
funding, if awarded.
Purpose of Program
The purpose of this program is
to provide financial assistance for the planning, program design, and initial
implementation of charter schools and expand the number of high-quality charter
schools available to students.
Approximately $7 million is
available for funding the 2015-2016 Public Charter School Program Start-Up
Grant. It is anticipated that approximately 10 to 15 grants of no more than
$800,000 each will be awarded. Applicants that are in their first or second
year of eligibility may apply for grant funding if they meet the eligibility
criteria. However, if selected for funding, the award amount will be prorated
based on the remaining months of eligibility. This project is funded 100
percent with federal funds.
The 2015-2016 Public Charter
School Program Start-Up Grant will be implemented primarily during the
2015-2016 school year. Applicants should plan for a starting date of no earlier
than May 1, 2015, and an ending date of no later than July 29, 2016, contingent on the continued availability
of federal funding.
Applications will be selected
based on the independent reviewers' assessment of each applicant's ability to
carry out all requirements contained in the RFA. Reviewers will evaluate
applications based on the overall quality and validity of the proposed grant
programs and the extent to which the applications address the primary
objectives and intent of the project. Applications must address each
requirement as specified in the RFA to be considered for funding. TEA reserves
the right to select from the highest-ranking applications those that address
all requirements in the RFA and that are most advantageous to the project.
TEA is not obligated to approve
an application, provide funds, or endorse any application submitted in response
to this RFA. This RFA does not commit TEA to pay any costs before an
application is approved. The issuance of this RFA does not obligate TEA to
award a grant or pay any costs incurred in preparing a response.
How to Apply
This RFA is in paper format. It
must be downloaded, completed on the applicant’s computer desktop, printed, and
submitted by mail or hand delivery. The complete RFA is posted on the TEA
Grant Opportunities page at
for viewing and downloading. In the “Select Search Options” box, select the
name of the RFA from the drop-down list. Scroll down to the “Application and
Support Information” section to view all documents that pertain to this RFA.
Local education agencies (LEAs)
that are awarded grants are responsible for meeting all required deadlines. Failure
to meet deadlines may result in loss of funds and could cause the LEA to be
identified as “high risk.” The reporting requirements for this grant are
posted on the TEA
Grant Opportunities website at http://burleson.tea.state.tx.us/GrantOpportunities/forms/GrantProgramSearch.aspx.
In the “Select Search Options” box, select the name of the RFA from the
drop-down list. Scroll down to “Critical Events” to view all reporting
deadlines that pertain to this grant.
For Further Information
In order to assure that no
prospective applicant may obtain a competitive advantage because of acquisition
of information unknown to other prospective applicants, any and all questions
pertaining to the RFA must be submitted in writing to the TEA contact person
listed on the TEA
Grant Opportunities website. In the “Select Search Options” box, select the
name of the program/RFA from the drop-down list. Scroll down to “Contact
Copies of the questions and the
written answers thereto will be posted on the TEA
Grant Opportunities website in the format of frequently asked questions
(FAQs) at http://burleson.tea.state.tx.us/GrantOpportunities/forms. In the
“Select Search Options” box, select the name of the program/RFA from the
drop-down list. Scroll down to “Application and Support Information” to view
all documents that pertain to this RFA.
Deadline for Receipt of Applications
Four copies of the application,
with an original signature on Schedule #1—General Information on at least three
of the copies (blue ink preferred), must be received 5:00 p.m. Central Time,
Tuesday, December 16, 2014, to be eligible to be considered for funding.
Applicants delivering a grant application in person should take their materials
to the TEA visitors’ reception area on the second floor of the William B.
Travis Building, 1701 North Congress Avenue (at 17th Street and North Congress,
two blocks north of the Capitol), Austin, Texas, 78701. For applicants shipping
or mailing the application, send the application to the following address:
Document Control Center
Division of Grants Administration
Texas Education Agency, William B. Travis Building
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin TX 78701-1494
Accreditation and School