California School Finance Authority

Charter School Facility Grant Program (CSFGP)

CSFGP Overview

The Charter School Facility Grant Program provides annual assistance with facilities rent and lease expenditures to charter schools that meet eligibility criteria. Successful applicants have to meet a variety of requirements, including having at least 70 percent of their students enrolled at the charter school eligible for free or reduced-price meals or being located in an elementary school attendance area where at least 70 percent of students enrolled are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. The charter school also must give a preference in admissions to students who reside in the elementary school attendance area. Charter schools are awarded $750 per unit of classroom-based average daily attendance, up to 75 percent of their annual facilities rent and lease costs for the school.

The California School Finance Authority (CSFA) is pleased to announce the application period for the 2014‑15 Funding Round of the CSFGP is now open through Monday, May 12, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Applications must be delivered to CSFA by mail or hand-delivery. Late applications will not be accepted.

For those schools that applied and received disbursements for the 2013-14 funding round, we would like to remind you that pursuant to Section 10170.9(h) for any costs associated with remodeling buildings, deferred maintenance, initially installing or extending service systems and other built-in equipment, or improving sites, the grantee shall submit invoices, work orders, or other evidence of completed work to CSFA for reimbursement of such costs for the 2013-14 year no later than June 3, 2014.

Under the following circumstances Applications may be submitted after the initial Application deadline, but in no case later than October 15, 2014 at 5:00 p.m:

  1. A Charter School relocates from a facility that was ineligible for a grant award to a facility that is eligible and the Application includes a description of the change in facility circumstances justifying a late Application; or
  2. A First Year Charter School.

Please also be apprised that, pursuant to Section 10170.9(f) of the CSFGP regulations, no later than 30 days after the end of the 2013-14 fiscal year or 30 days after receiving the data and documentation needed to compute the charter school’s total annual award, whichever is later, the Authority will issue a Final Apportionment as a result of the Authority’s re-assessment of actual lease costs and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) information, as well as costs associated with remodeling, deferred maintenance, installing or extending service systems and other built-in equipment, or site improvement, where applicable, for the 2013-14 fiscal year. Pursuant to section 10170.8 of the Program regulations, and based on confirmed data regarding eligible costs, ADA data and Free and Reduced Price Meals (FRPM) eligibility, your eligibility and grant award may be adjusted. To the extent grant funds have been disbursed beyond what your school is entitled to receive, those excess funds will be required to be returned to the CSFA pursuant to Sections 10170.9(g) and (i) of the Program regulations.

2011-2012 Funding Round

2013-2014 Funding Round