Grant Opportunities - Updated 03/03/2014!

New York State and the Federal Government offer grant programs to charter schools and prospective charter school applicants.  Please do not hesitate to contact the Institute with questions or requests for additional information.

1).      New York State Stimulus Fund Grants


All New York State charter schools that meet the eligibility criteria, regardless of authorizer, are eligible to apply to SUNY for NYS Stimulus Fund grants. Specifically, SUNY, in accordance with State Finance Law section 97-sss may receive funding for the development, implementation, and operation of charter schools. Historically the state appropriation has been  $3.1 million for these grants, known as Charter Schools Stimulus Fund (“SSF”) grants. The most recent grant award cycle, 2013-2014, called only for proposals that focus on facility construction, renovation, financing, leasehold improvements, and other facility related expenses and prioritized those schools that have a demonstrated record of positive student outcomes.


2013-2014 State Stimulus Fund Grant


Request for Proposals - T002552 (Submission deadline has closed)





2013-14 New York State Stimulus Fund Recipients

Highlights of the RFP are as follows:

  1. The total grant program is $3.1 million and covers the period July 1, 2013 through July 31, 2014.

  2. Funds shall be used for facility purposes only (no technology or start-up grants).

  3. The maximum grant award per eligible applicant is $200,000.

  4. Schools that have received grant(s) totaling $200,000 or more in any previous SSF grant program are not eligible. See above for a list of schools having received $200,000 or more in SSF funding.

  5. Only schools that are currently in, or will move into, private space (owned and/or leased) or public space where market rent is paid through July 31, 2017 (three years after the end of the grant period) are eligible to apply. Schools that are operating in, or going to move into, free district school or other public space are not eligible.

  6. Ineligible schools will include, in addition to schools that are on probation or in violation of any corrective plan, schools that are on an academic corrective plan, or subject to charter revocation or nonrenewal. (The definition of ineligible schools has been expanded.) The Institute reserves the right to contact a school’s authorizer, among other parties, to confirm information set forth in the application.

  7. To prioritize schools that have demonstrated positive outcomes, a school is entitled to 5 bonus points if it meets either of the following: the school is an academically high performing charter school or it is a new charter school that has demonstrated "Significantly Compelling" and "Compelling" need (as described in the Rating Guidelines) for the facility project.                         
  8. To prioritize arts education, a school is entitled to 5 bonus points if it meets either of the following: (A) the proposed facility project(s) is related to performing or visual arts, or (B) the school is initiating an arts program and has provided rationale that receipt of SSF facility funds will enhance the school's performing or visual arts offerings.                                                           
  9. Grant applications are due to the Business Operations and Procurement Office of the State University of New York on September 17, 2013 at 3:00pm

We look forward to receiving your proposals.


Institute announces 2013-14 New York State Stimulus Fund Recipients

Institute announces 2012-13 New York State Stimulus Fund Recipients

Institute announces 2011-12 New York State Stimulus Fund Recipients (Applicants to July 20, 2011 RFP)

Institute announces 2010-11 New York State Stimulus Fund Recipients

Institute announces 2009-10 New York State Stimulus Fund Recipients



2).       Federal Public Charter School Program Grants (CSP)


New charter schools that have been authorized to operate a charter school by either the Board of Regents or the State University of New York Board of Trustees are eligible to request funds under this grant program for expenses associated with the planning and implementation of charter school programs. The primary purpose of the Charter School Program (CSP) is to expand the number of high-quality charter schools available to students.  CSP funds administered through the New York State Department of Education. Information about this program can be found here:


For additional archived information about prior CSP grant review, please click here.



Information for State Stimulus Fund Grant Recipients

Contained in this section is helpful information for schools that are recipients of a New York State Stimulus Fund (SSF) Grant.  Information includes guidance to help with the administration of the school’s grant along with forms necessary for drawing down funds.  Schools should examine the Quick Reference Guide before submitting any Grant Expenditure Report Forms.

(An example of how to properly complete a Grant Expenditure Report)