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Wisconsin Charter School Grant Applications Available

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Applications for federal grant funds through the Wisconsin Charter Schools Program (WCSP) are now available! Through this discretionary, competitive grant competition, the WCSP will award funds to eligible applicants who submit a high-quality proposal to improve student academic achievement, especially for educationally disadvantaged students. Subgrants are available to open and prepare for the operation of new charter schools, to open and prepare for the operation of replicated high-quality charter schools, and to expand existing high-quality charter schools.

Applicants may apply for up to $900,000 of total funding, with grant awards covering up to five years of activity. The five-year cycle can include up to $150,000 for planning and program design during the first 12-months of the grant period. Charter school proposals focused on improving outcomes for educationally disadvantaged secondary students may apply for and receive additional priority funding through this competition. No total grant award, including priority funding and funding for planning, will exceed $900,000.

Applications will be scored by an expert panel of peer-reviewers and recommendations will be submitted to Superintendent Tony Evers for final approval and award decisions.

For more information regarding grant requirements, see the WCSP grant informational webinar at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDLAGCRNpP8. Grant applications are posted at https://dpi.wi.gov/sms/charter-schools/grants and are due to the department by 4:30 p.m. on March 9.