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Florida Public Charter Schools Grant Program

The Florida Public Charter Schools Grant Program is a competitive grant awarded to charter schools for planning, program design, and initial implementation of the charter school and for supporting the dissemination of successful practices and other information about charter schools.

The following competition is for the 2020-23 Charter Schools Program (CSP) grant.  Applicants must fully read the Request for Proposals (RFP) prior to submitting a proposal.  The full RFP can be found at as well as the Resources Page in your Review Room (upper right corner of web page).

Stage I proposal is due by Friday, March 13, 2020 at 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. The due date refers to the date and time the proposal must be fully submitted through the Florida FluidReview online application system at

Eligible Applicant(s)
To be eligible to apply to and receive this grant, an applicant must meet the following conditions:
  • Submitted a charter school application to a local school district using the Department’s model charter school application (Form IEPC-M1, effective February 2016) as adopted in State Board of Education Rule 6A-6.0786; and
    • Charter application has been approved by the district;
    • Charter application is pending; or
    • Charter application is denied and pending an appeal.
  • Eligible applicants that meet the definition of a new operator must have successfully gone through a previous CSP grant competition review but had to rescind its award because it could not open a charter school by a time specific in that previous RFP.
  • Further, eligible applicants must open no later than August 2020, or have opened a school in the 2017-18 or 2018-19 school years and have not previously received a CSP grant.
Applicants that submitted the Department’s model charter school application to a local school district and subsequently applied to and were denied funding in any CSP competition held between 2016 and the present time cannot submit a revised charter application for this current competition. However, for any applicant who wishes to apply again, the Department will review the applicant’s original charter application that was submitted to the most recent CSP competition. Any applicant that has been denied CSP funding in any two prior CSP competitions held between 2016 and the present time is ineligible for this current competition.
Only those charter schools that are approved by their Sponsor will be eligible to receive funds under this grant. Prior to approving the initial Project Award Notification (DOE 200) for each school selected for funding, the Charter Schools Office will verify:
  1. The CSP sub-grant recipient has not withdrawn its approved charter school application, and;
  2. The CSP sub-grant recipient will open its charter school no later than August 2020.