Charter School Program Grants


The goal of the Texas CSP program is to expand the number of high-quality charter schools available to students across the state.

Texas currently has two active competitive grants awarded by the United State Department of Education. Both grants were awarded for the purpose of assisting charter schools with initial planning and implementation.

Active Grants

Texas Quality Charter Schools Program Grant (ESSA)

  • Total Award from USDE $100,000,000
  • Awarded in September 2020
  • Grant Term – October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2025

Texas Public Charter School Start-Up Grant Program (NCLB)

  • Total Award from USDE $57,180,209
  • 72 subgrantees
  • Grant term – March 15, 2016 - March 14, 2023
  • Texas is in a no-cost extension to allow current subgrantees to expend all funds.
  • No new awards will be made from this grant.

Applying for a Grant

Eligible Entities

New charter schools authorized by the commissioner

  • Brand new charter schools apply through the application for charter and submit a supplemental non-competitive application.
  • The supplemental non-competitive application for the charters authorized in Generation 26 (2022-2024 Charter School Program (CSP) Grant (Generation 26)) was due April 18, 2022.
  • It may be found on the Grants Opportunities page (for the Program/Subject Area box, choose Charter Schools).

Replicating state-authorized charter schools (all three of the following documents are required)

New and replicating district-authorized charter schools

  • The 2023-2025 Charter School Program (Subchapter C and D) grant application will become available on the Grants Opportunities page (for the Program/Subject Area box, choose Charter Schools) in late fall 2022.

Planning Grants

Texas does not offer a pre-planning grant (i.e., before charter award). Grants are only available to awarded charter schools.

    Contact Information

    Charlotte Nicklebur
    Division of Authorizing

    Nathaniel Johnson
    Division of Authorizing

    Charlotte Wehrman
    Grants Administration

    Eleanor Blais
    Grants Administration