The U.S. Department of Education (ED) funds and administers education programs for a variety of purposes and recognizes and rewards excellence and improvement by students, schools, and communities. As publicly funded schools, charter schools are eligible to apply for federal formula grants as well as discretionary grants administered by various ED program offices. These represent a large and important source of federal support for charter schools.
This guidebook provides basic information about accessing the range of federal programs and resources available to charter schools. Primarily it provides brief and helpful guidance so that charter school operators and developers can identify and access funds available to qualifying public districts and schools.