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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.

The next cycle of subgrant applications are due on March 1, 2020. Letters of intent are due January 15, 2020.

Resources for Applicants

NC ACCESS Program Overview | (pdf, 231kb)

NC ACCESS Subgrant Application Process Guidance | (pdf, 389kb)

NC ACCESS Subgrant Request for Application (RFA) | (docx, 149kb)

NC ACCESS Subgrant RFA Budget Template | (xlsx, 95kb)

NC ACCESS Subgrant Application Scoring Rubric | (docx, 63kb)

Technical Assistance for Applicants

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

Regional Technical Assistance Sessions

The NC ACCESS team will be providing in-person technical assistance and support to all prospective applicants. Use the schedule below to find a time and location near you. Please note that each 2-hour session will consist of two parts: hour one is an informational session outlining the NC ACCESS Subgrant Program and its requirements, and hour two is an in-depth application training.

Click the “Register” link to sign-up for a training. Scheduled sessions with no registrants will be cancelled 24 hours prior to the training.

SouthwestTuesday, November 26, 2019 10am - 12pm Sugar Creek Charter, 4101 N Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28206 Register
North Central Thursday, December 12, 2019 1pm - 3pm NCDPI DIT Room, 301 N. Wilmington St., Raleigh, NC 27601 Register
North Central Wednesday, January 22, 2020 10am - 12pm NCDPI DIT Room, 301 N. Wilmington St., Raleigh, NC 27601 Register


View the following training webinar to learn more about the NC ACCESS Program subgrant application process.


Office Hours

The NC ACCESS team will be available to provide technical assistance to prospective applicants between 9:00am – 4:00pm Monday – Friday. Reach out to us at (919) 807-3981 or with questions.