Through CSP Developer Grants, the U.S. Department of Education provides financial assistance to charter school developers to enable them to open and prepare for the operation of new or replicated charter schools or to expand high-quality charter schools in States that do not currently have a CSP State Entity grant under the Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965 (ESEA). Charter schools that receive financial assistance through Developer Grants provide programs of elementary or secondary education, or both, and may also serve students in early childhood education programs or postsecondary students.

As a general matter, the Secretary considers charter schools that have been in operation for more than five years to be past the initial implementation phase and, therefore, ineligible to receive CSP funds under 84.282B to support the opening of a new charter school or under 84.282E for the replication of a high-quality charter school. However, such schools may receive CSP funds under 84.282E for the expansion of a high-quality charter school.