OVERVIEW: The Charter School Growth Fund supports successful charter organizations of all sizes and the recruitment and development of educational leaders of color.
IP TAKE: Since its inception in 2005, this funder has supported over 70 organizations in 28 states with multi-year grants and growth plans.
PROFILE: Established in 2005, the Charter School Growth Fund "identifies the country's best public charter schools, funds their growth and helps to increase their impact" through strategic multi-year investments. Based in Bloomfield, Colorado, the organization is supported by some of the biggest education funders, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Broad Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Its funding priorities are innovative schools and the development of leaders of color.
CSGF’s innovative schools initiative supports the growth and expansion of charter networks and individual schools, prioritizing organizations that serve low-income and minority populations. Toward this end, the fund awards seed and scale grants. Seed grants support schools that plan to serve 250 to 1,000 new students over a two-year period, and scale grants invest in schools that will increase their student bodies by over more than 1,000 over a three- to five-year period. The fund also supports school leaders of color who work toward opening new schools and expanding networks in their communities. To date the fund has supported 40 such leaders of highly successful schools and networks.
The Charter Growth Fund restricts its funding to the charter school organizations in the United States that have demonstrated academic excellence, strong leadership, financial stability and the potential for growth and expansion. Profiles of past grantees are available on CSGF's portfolio page.
The application process begins with an online questionnaire on the fund's application page, after which qualified applicants will be contacted for further screening. General inquiries may be made via the organizations contact page.
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