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In 2018, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction was awarded a Public Charter Schools Program (CSP) grant from the U.S. Department of Education of approximately $26,600,000. The CSP grant will be used to implement the North Carolina Advancing Charter Collaboration and Excellence for Student Success (NC ACCESS) Program to:

  1. Increase the number of educationally disadvantaged students attending high quality charter schools and expand the number of high quality charter schools available to educationally disadvantaged students;
  2. Develop a cohort of 100 charter school leaders who can develop and demonstrate best practices in serving educationally disadvantaged students; and
  3. Broadly disseminate best practices in serving educationally disadvantaged students and foster collaboration in the charter school community and between charter schools and traditional public schools.

The NC ACCESS Program has allocated the majority of the CSP funds to advance Priority 1 listed above through school-level subgrants. Learn more about applying for a subgrant below.

For all NC ACCESS Program questions, please contact us at or 919.807.3981.

Resources for Applicants

NC ACCESS Program Overview | (pdf, 230kb)

NC ACCESS Subgrant Application Process Guidance | (pdf, 909kb)

NC ACCESS Subgrant Request for Application (RFA) | (Coming Soon)

NC ACCESS Subgrant RFA Budget Template | (Coming Soon)

NC ACCESS Subgrant Application Scoring Rubric | (Coming Soon)

Technical Assistance for Applicants

The NC ACCESS team will be holding information and training sessions throughout November 2019 – March 2020 to assist prospective applicants with the subgrant application process.

Regional Technical Assistance Sessions

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Office Hours

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