New Schools for Alabama makes competitive grants to support the growth of new, high-quality charter schools. We have two grant programs: The School Founders Program and our CSP Grants.

The School Founders Program is a selective yearlong fellowship for aspiring charter school founders. Fellows in the program receive a yearlong salary stipend and participate in a full-time administrative residency with a high-performing charter school network. Fellows will also gain firsthand exposure to the most innovative charter school models around the country and will receive hands-on assistance throughout the startup process.

The CSP Grant - which stems from a $25M federal grant New Schools received in 2019 - provides selected applicants with a five-year startup grant of up to $1.5 million to support their costs during the planning year. Eligible applicants must be nonprofit organizations approved to launch a charter school that has not yet opened. Startup and district conversion charter schools alike are eligible.

Learn more and apply by selecting one of the links below.


New charter schools in Alabama can take advantage of numerous out-of-state grant opportunities as well. Follow the links below to find more on some of the most significant external grant opportunities.