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Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act Facilities Grant

Grants to Washington, DC Public Charter
Schools to Enhance School Facilities

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District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)

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06/25/18 3:00 PM EST


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Grants to Washington, DC public charter schools to renovate school facilities. Applicants must submit a notice of intent to apply no later than May 25. Mandatory pre-application webinars are scheduled for May 22 and May 25. The purpose of this program is to increase the number of spaces available in high-quality District charter schools and increase the quality of existing spaces.

Overview of the SOAR Act:

As a part of a three-sector federal funding approach, the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act, Pub. L. 112-10, 125 Stat. 199, authorizes funding “to improve and expand quality public charter schools in the District of Columbia.” § 3004(b)(2). SOAR Act funds for District of Columbia (DC) charter schools are provided to the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) through the US Department of Education (USED) as a grant. The SOAR Act also provides funding for District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) and the Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) for DC students to attend private schools.

Purpose of Funds:

Through this RFA, OPCSFS is soliciting proposals from eligible DC public charter schools for the following grant program:

Facilities Grants:

The purpose of this funding program is to provide high-quality public charter schools with funds to renovate former DCPS (or other District-owned) facilities that are leased from the District or to renovate facilities that are owned by charter schools

Proposed projects must 1) increase the total number of seats available at a high-quality charter school, or 2) increase the quality of existing seats at a high-quality charter school.

Permissible Use of Funds:

The funds associated with this RFA are available strictly on a reimbursement basis and may only be used for allowable grant project expenditures during the grant period as follows:

All costs must:
-Meet requirements of permissible use of Federal Funds within EDGAR 34 CFR Part 75, 2 CFR Part 200 as adopted in 2 CFR Part 3474, 2 CFR Part 180 as adopted in 2 CFR 3485;
-Align with and support the project described in the charter LEA’s application; and
-Support renovations and reconstruction, both soft and hard costs, which may include exterior reconstruction, interior reconstruction, upgrades to systems, and the creation of new or improved academic and/or physical fitness space.

Please note: Funds may only be used for the site described in the original application. If the charter LEA does not have control of the identified site, the grant award will be terminated in full and the LEA must return any expended funds.

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GrantWatch ID#: 183653

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Estimated Size of Grant:

OSSE will provide up to $750,000 per award. Awards are limited to one per charter local educational agency (LEA).

Term of Contract:

The duration of the Facility Grant is for a period of two years from the grant award date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An eligible applicant meets all of the following criteria:
-Must be a DC public charter school;
-May not have any Tier 3 campus(es) or grade span(s) on any DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) 2016-17 Performance Management Framework (PMF);
-Must meet a threshold of quality based on the DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) 2016-17 Performance Management Framework (PMF).

Framework / Eligible 2016 School Tiers:
-Early Childhood, Elementary School, and Middle School Performance Management Framework (EC/ES/MS PMF): Tier 1 or Tier 2 (score of 50 or higher)
-High School Performance Management Framework (HS PMF): Tier 1 or Tier 2 (score of 50 or higher)
-Adult Education Performance Management Framework (AE PMF): Tier 1 or Tier 2
-Alternative Accountability Framework (AAF): Met 100 percent of academic goals; Met 67.7 percent of all other goals

For LEAs with multiple PMF scores, the school(s) or campus(es) for which the facility grant funds will be used must meet the eligibility requirement.

Additionally, applicants must provide site control evidence of the former District-owned facility or charter- owned facility within 180 days of award. If site control evidence is not provided, the grant award will be terminated in full and the LEA must return any expended funds. Site control evidence may include executed lease agreements, purchase agreements, building permits, and mortgage deeds of trust.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The applicant attended one of the two mandatory pre-application webinars. Please see Request for Application (RFA) Section 2 for webinar dates, times, and registration.

The mandatory pre-application webinars will be held on the following dates and times:

-Tuesday, May 22, 2018, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. To register for this webinar, visit:

-Friday, May 25, 2018, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. To register for this webinar, visit:

Each interested charter local educational agency (LEA) must have at least one representative attend one of the above webinars in order to meet the attendance requirement for this grant. Webinar attendance is tracked electronically though registration and online attendance. The LEA representative should be someone who is employed directly by the charter LEA. Each attendee may only represent one charter LEA.

Pre-Application Information:

All eligible charter LEAs seeking to receive funding under this RFA must submit a Notice of Intent to Apply on or before May 25, 2018. Failure to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply will result in disqualification and the LEA’s application will not be reviewed.

Applications are due by 3:00 PM on Monday, June 25, 2018.The application deadline will be strictly enforced. Applications submitted after 3 PM EST on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017 will not be reviewed.

This application will be open for 30 business days. Please avoid last minute technical submission issues by submitting early. OSSE strongly recommends submitting your application at least one day early to ensure that avoidable technical issues do not cause you to miss the submission deadline.

Key Dates:
-Request For Application (RFA) Release Date: May 11, 2018
-Pre-Application Conferences (Mandatory): May 22 and May 25, 2018
-Notice of Intent to Apply Deadline (Mandatory): May 25, 2018
-Application Submission Deadline: June 25, 2018

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

All applications must be submitted through the Enterprise Grants Management System (EGMS):

Submit the Notice of Intent to Apply to:

Applicants are advised that the following OSSE staff members are the authorized contact persons for this grant competition:

Adam E. Morris, Program Analyst

Funding or Pin Number:

RFA # GD0—SAF—17

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington, DC