Credit Enhancement for Charter School Facilities

To provide grants to eligible entities to leverage funds through credit enhancement initiatives in order to assist charter schools in using private-sector capital to acquire, construct, renovate, or lease academic facilities.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
California School Finance Authority $ 10,000,000   2021-09-102046-09-30
Massachusetts Development Finance Agency $ 8,000,000   2021-09-102046-09-30
Bluehub Loan Fund, Inc. $ 12,000,000   2021-09-102046-09-30
Equitable Facilities Fund, Inc. $ 12,000,000   2021-09-102046-09-30
Raza Development Fund Inc $ 6,750,000   2020-10-012045-09-30
Public Finance Authority, Texas $ 10,000,000   2020-10-012045-09-30
Equitable Facilities Fund, Inc. $ 8,000,000   2020-10-012045-09-30
Building Hope Finance $ 33,000,000   2020-10-302045-09-30
California School Finance Authority $ 20,000,000   2019-10-012044-09-30
Civic Builders Inc $ 10,200,000   2019-10-012044-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grant recipients must deposit the funds received under this program (other than funds used for administrative costs) in a reserve account established and maintained by the entity for this purpose.

Amounts deposited in such an account must be used by the entity to help charter schools access private-sector capital for acquiring, renovating, or constructing facilities.

Reserve accounts must be used for one or more of the following purposes: (1) Guaranteeing, insuring, and reinsuring bonds, notes, evidences of debt, loans, and interests therein; (2) Guaranteeing and insuring leases of personal and real property; (3) Facilitating financing by identifying potential lending sources and encouraging private lending and other similar activities that directly promote lending to, or are conducted for the benefit of, charter schools; and (4) Facilitating the issuance of bonds by charter schools or by public entities for the benefit of charter schools, which may be accomplished by providing technical, administrative, and other appropriate assistance, including the recruitment of bond counsel, underwriters, and potential investors and the consolidation of multiple charter school projects within a single bond issue.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

A public entity, such as a State or local government entity, a private nonprofit entity, or a consortium of such entities may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Public charter schools as defined in Section 5210, ESEA.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Applications must be prepared and submitted in accordance with a notice published in the Federal Register. By the due date, eligible applicants must submit to the Department of Education a complete application that addresses the purposes of the program, the selection criteria, any priorities included in the application notice, and all required assurances and signatures.

Award Procedures

The Department of Education awards these grants on a competitive basis. The program office notifies successful applicants of awards and negotiates and awards grants. Contact the program office for more information.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended, Section 4304.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The range of approval/disapproval time is approximately 60 to 120 days following the application deadline.


The General Education Provisions Act hearing procedures regarding recovery of funds are applicable to this program.


The Department has historically only made one-time awards under this program.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds under this program are available for the Department of Education to obligate by September 30 of the fiscal year in which they are appropriated. Once these funds are obligated, they must be expended from the Federal account in five years. In addition, two years after the grantee's receipt of grant funds, the Secretary may collect any or all funds in a reserve account if the grantee has not made substantial progress or is no longer using the funds for their specified purpose. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements


Each grantee under this program annually must submit to the Secretary a report of its operations and activities.

Each such annual report must include-- (1) a copy of the most recent financial statements, and any accompanying opinion on such statements, prepared by the independent public accountant reviewing the financial records of the grantee; (2) a copy of any report made on an audit of the financial records of the grantee that was conducted during the reporting period; (3) an evaluation by the grantee of the effectiveness of its use of the Federal funds in leveraging private funds; (4) a listing and description of the charter schools served during the reporting period; (5) a description of the activities carried out by the grantee to assist charter schools; and (6) a description of the characteristics of lenders and other financial institutions participating in the activities undertaken by the grantee during the reporting period.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. The financial records of each eligible entity receiving a grant under this subpart shall be maintained in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and shall be subject to an annual audit by an independent public accountant.


In accordance with the General Education Provisions Act and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), certain records must be retained for 3 years after the end of the grant.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $16,000,000; FY 17 est $16,000,000; and FY 18 est $65,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $8,000,000. Average: $8,000,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), Parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Stefan Huh Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement, Parental Options and Information, 400 Maryland Ave., SW., Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202) 205-4352

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The selection criteria contained in EDGAR, 34 CFR 75.209 and 75.210 are used to evaluate applications. For additional information contact the program office.

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