- About Us
- Member Services
- Resource Center
- Start a Charter School
- School Search
- For Parents
March 5, 2014: MDE Planning/Design & Implementation Grant
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has been awarded funds through the federal Charter School Planning (CSP) grant for the purposes of broadening and strengthening the pool of charter applicants available to Michigan authorizers, and supporting those charter applicants that succeed in obtaining a charter as they launch the schools they planned. MDE expects most applicants to use the Charter School Planning Grant up to the full 18 months authorized to plan for 2014 or 2015 school openings.
There will not be a separate application for the purposes of replication and/or expansion. MDE will not provide subgrants to PSA's that have already received one.
Planning/Design and Implementation subgrants may be awarded for a total period of up to three years (36 months), with no more than 18 months used for planning with funds up to $100,000, and no more than two years (24 months) used for initial implementation of the new school. Subject to availability, and school size, funding available for implementation may equal $200,000 for each year. It should be noted that a subgrantee that opts for 18 months of planning time will receive only 18 rather than normal 24 months of implementation time. The applicant should propose a customized schedule that fits its unique situation, while ensuring that no more than 36 months total are used.
**Funds from this grant may only be drawn down on a reimbursement basis.
Walton Family Foundation Start Up Grant
Applicant groups who are planning a charter school in or near the city of Detroit may be eligible for startup grants from the Walton Family Foundation (WFF). Eligible groups will meet these criteria:
"New" schools are eligible for the startup grant through their first year of operation. However, in addition, eligible entities include the following:
As Michigan's grant partner to the Walton Family Foundation, MAPSA ensures that applicants are prepared and eligible before accessing any application materials. MAPSA will request that all interested groups fill out documentation to assist MAPSA in making a formal recommendation for eligibility purposes. If MAPSA provides you with a referral, access to the application will be provided to you via email.
The spring round has currently begun and no additional application requests can be received at this time. Fall dates will be announced shortly.
The National Charter School Resource Center
The National Charter School Resource Center (Charter School Center) serves as a national center to provide on-demand resources, information, and technical assistance to support successful planning, authorizing, implementation, and sustainability of high-quality charter schools; to share evaluations on the effects of charter schools; and to disseminate information about successful practices in charter schools.
To view a list of upcoming grants, click HERE.
Looking for grants to start a charter school? Click here.