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Chapter 691-3 GRANTS

Rule 691-3-.01 State Charter School Governing Board Training Reimbursement Grant

1. Purpose. The purpose of this grant is to provide reimbursement to state charter schools for costs associated with traveling to and from governing board training required by O.C.G.A. § 20-2-2084(f).
2. Terms and Conditions. Grants are awarded on a reimbursement basis to state charter schools for costs associated with traveling to and from governing board training provided in accordance with O.C.G.A. § 20-2-2083(b)(12) and required by O.C.G.A. § 20-2-2084(f). Only expenses eligible for reimbursement under the State Travel Policy established by the State Accounting Office will be reimbursed under this grant. The applicant must ensure that all expenses submitted to the State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia (SCSC) are consistent with the State Travel Policy. The SCSC will make a form available to eligible applicants that the applicant must utilize to report eligible expenses.
3. Eligible Recipients. All state charter schools with governing board members traveling to and from governing board training required by O.C.G.A. § 20-2-2084(f)are eligible to apply.
4. Criteria for Award. Applications will be reviewed for compliance with application requirements and the State Travel Policy. Funding will be awarded for all eligible expenses that are submitted in compliance with application requirements and the State Travel Policy. All grant awards and amounts will be determined and awarded by the Executive Director of the SCSC.
5. Directions and Deadlines for Applying. Requests for information and applications should be directed to the Business and Operations Manager, State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia, 1470B Twin Towers East, 205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, Atlanta, Georgia, 30334. Specific deadlines will be included in the associated application package.

Rule 691-3-.02 State Charter School Staff Training Reimbursement Grant

1. Purpose. The purpose of this grant is to provide reimbursement to state charter schools for costs associated with travel by its staff and consultants to and from trainings provided by the State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia (SCSC).
2. Terms and Conditions. Grants are awarded on a reimbursement basis to state charter schools for costs associated with travel by its staff and consultants to and from trainings provided by the SCSC. Only expenses eligible for reimbursement under the State Travel Policy established by the State Accounting Office will be reimbursed under this grant. The applicant must ensure that all expenses submitted to the SCSC are consistent with the State Travel Policy. The SCSC will make a form available to eligible applicants that the applicant must utilize to report eligible expenses.
3. Eligible Recipients. All state charter schools with staff or consultants traveling to and from trainings provided by the SCSC are eligible to apply.
4. Criteria for Award. Applications will be reviewed for compliance with application requirements and the State Travel Policy. Funding will be awarded for all eligible expenses that are submitted in compliance with application requirements and the State Travel Policy. All grant awards and amounts will be determined and awarded by the Executive Director of the SCSC.
5. Directions and Deadlines for Applying. Requests for information and applications should be directed to the Business and Operations Manager, State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia, 1470B Twin Towers East, 205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, Atlanta, Georgia, 30334. Specific deadlines will be included in the associated application package.

Rule 691-3-.03 State Charter School Asset Redistribution

1. Purpose. The purpose of this grant is to redistribute assets purchased by state charter schools that will close prior to disposition of the assets in accordance with state or federal regulations. Pursuant to federal regulations, 34 C.F.R. § 74.34, certain assets purchased with federal grant funding must be redistributed to eligible subgrantees. In accordance with a school's charter contract, assets purchased with nonfederal funds revert to the State Charter Schools Commission (SCSC). This grant will provide a fair and equitable process for redistributing the assets purchased by state charter schools.
2. Terms and Conditions. Recipients must meet the federal definition of a charter school prior to receiving redistributed assets purchased with federal funds. The recipient charter school must continue to meet the federal definition of a charter school for at least one school year beyond the asset award. Recipients must utilize awarded assets in accordance with the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) and dispose of assets as specified in EDGAR. All recipients must conduct charter school programs in accordance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations.
3. Eligible Recipients. All charter schools in Georgia that are operating at the assets will be awarded are eligible to apply.
4. Criteria for Award. Awards will be made based on the applicant's need and to charter schools in the following order of priority:
1) state charter schools;
2) current CSP grant awardees;
3) past CSP grant awardeesand
4) other existing charter schools. Available assets will vary depending on the assets purchased by the closing charter school. All awards will be determined and awarded by the SCSC or its designee.
5. Directions and Deadlines for Applying. Requests for information and applications should be directed to the Business and Operations Manager, State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia, 1470B Twin Towers East, 205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, Atlanta, Georgia, 30334. Specific deadlines will be included in the associated application package.

Rule 691-3-.04 Norm-Referenced Assessment Assistance Grant

1. Purpose. This grant will provide financial assistance to state charter schools that are required to administer a nationally norm-referenced assessment to offset the cost of purchasing and administering the assessment. This grant is intended to be used for nationally norm-referenced assessments that are part of the school's schoolwide assessment program and is not intended for costs related to assessments administered to individual students to the determine the need for differentiated instruction or compensatory services.
2. Terms and Conditions. This application is only for state charter schools that are required to administer a nationally norm-referenced assessment as a result of its charter contract. All recipients must conduct charter school programs in accordance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations. Funding will be provided to schools that receive an award on a reimbursement basis. To receive funding that it has been awarded, a school must provide the SCSC an invoice from the assessment provider that the school has a legal obligation to remit funding to the assessment provider for products or services provided in relation to the administration of a nationally norm-referenced assessment in the current school year. Grant awards may be expended only on nationally norm-referenced assessments recognized by the SCSC and identified in the grant application.
3. Eligible Recipients. All state charter schools that are required to administer a nationally norm-referenced assessment as a result of its charter contract are eligible to apply.
4. Criteria for Award. Awards under this grant will be made on a formula basis. Each school eligible for an award will receive a pro-rata level of assistance calculated by dividing the total funding available under this grant by the overall cost of the nationally norm-referenced assessment administration for eligible schools.
5. Directions and Deadlines for Applying. Requests for information and applications should be directed to the Business and Operations Manager, State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia, 1470B Twin Towers East, 205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, Atlanta, Georgia, 30334. Specific deadlines will be included in the associated application package.

Rule 691-3-.05 Emergency School Operations Fund Grant

1. Purpose. The SCSC may provide grants to state charter schools from the Emergency School Operations Fund to assist schools in resolving exceptional and unforeseen budget shortfalls arising from matters external or dynamic events outside the school's control. Matters outside of the school's control that may lead to use of the Emergency School Operations Fund include, but are not limited to, natural disasters, acts of terror or war, or other acts or interference by third parties in the school's operation. The Emergency School Operations Fund is not to be used to assist schools experiencing budget shortfalls that result from a failure to account for routine school operations, accounting mistakes, general errors in judgment, or a lack of understanding regarding the state charter school funding formula.
2. Terms and Conditions. Grant awards from the Emergency School Operations Fund shall only be expended to offset exceptional and unforeseen budget shortfalls arising from matters outside of the school's control. The state charter school shall ensure that all expenditures of grant awards adhere to the Budget Narrative submitted with its application and the changes, if any, required by the SCSC as a condition of grant approval. If an awardee must deviate from the Budget Narrative submitted and approved by the SCSC by 10% or more in one or more object-level expenditures, the awardee must obtain prior written approval from the SCSC Executive Director. All grant awards shall be expended in accordance with legal and regulatory requirements and restrictions regarding state funding, including, but not limited to, being expended only for the educational purposes of the state charter school in accordance with O.C.G.A. § 20-2-411.
3. Eligible Recipients. All state charter schools that are currently operating are eligible to apply.
4. Criteria for Award. Grant applications will be reviewed by at least two separate readers who rate the application in accordance with the rubric in Attachment A. An applicant will be evaluated based on the need established in the application narratives; the effort demonstrated by the school to reduce its budget deficit by other means; the degree to which the budget shortfall was caused by actions outside of the school's control; the school's history of academic, operational, and financial performance; and adherence to the technical requirements of the application. Applicants must receive an average score of 80 out of 100 to receive funding from the Emergency School Operations Fund.
5. Directions and Deadlines for Applying. Requests for information and applications should be directed to the Business and Operations Manager, State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia, 1470B Twin Towers East, 205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, Atlanta, Georgia, 30334. Specific deadlines will be included in the associated application package.