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Federal Charter School Grants - Wisconsin Charter Schools Program

The U.S. Department of Education awarded Wisconsin a five-year $95 million grant to support quality charter schools in the state. 


The Objectives of the Wisconsin Charter Schools Program are to:

  • Support the growth of high-quality charter schools in Wisconsin, especially those focused on improving academic outcomes for educationally disadvantaged secondary students
  • Strengthen and improve authorizing quality and promote the adoption of best practices for all authorizers in Wisconsin
  • Promote and support collaboration and sharing of best practices between high-quality charter schools and other schools in the state, especially those that experience difficulty in adequately serving educationally disadvantaged students

2018 Grant Information Workshops

  • Live workshops for 2018 have been completed.
    • Listen to a recorded version of the workshop here.
    • View workshop PowerPoint slides here
  • Pre-Workshop Requirement: 
    • Charter School Overview (26:55)
    • Federal Grants Overview (19:59)
    • Application Requirements (20:29)
      Note: At 2:15 mark, we no longer require 4 copies of each proposal. The original plus 1 copy is adequate plus electronic version.

      At 2:20 mark, the date for opening your charter school should be 2020, not 2019. At 11:00 mark, references that if the school has a planning grant and is not ready to open by the fall of 2019… this will be 2020 for this grant cycle.

Subgrant Application Materials and Information

Subgrants are available for eligible applicants to:

  • Open and prepare for the operation of new charter schools;
  • Open and prepare for the operation of replicated high-quality charter schools; and
  • Expand high-quality charter school

Application Materials: Deadline February 22, 2019

*Replication and Expansion Grant Applicants Only

Related Materials:

Become a Peer Reviewer

If you are interested in becoming a peer reviewer, complete the Peer Review Interest Survey.
For more information about the peer review process, click here. 

Wisconsin Charter Schools Program Grant Updates Distribution List

Click HERE  to be added to our distribution list to receive grant information updates.



For questions about this information, contact Nicolas Mittnacht (608) 267-9105