With the passage of Proposition 51, $500 million has been made available for the Charter School Facilities Program (CSFP). The CSFP provides preliminary apportionments (reservation of bond authority) for new construction projects and rehabilitation of district owned existing facilities that are at least 15-years old. Charter schools or school districts filing on behalf of a charter school may apply.
Applications are accepted during specified filing rounds. At present, pursuant to School Facility Regulation Section 1859.161, the next round will open on February 6, 2017, and remain open for 120 days. The deadline to submit an application will be 5:00 p.m. on June 5, 2017. To apply to the CSFP, a complete Application for Charter School Preliminary Apportionment (Form SAB 50-09) and all other supporting documents must be physically received by the Office of Public School Construction (OPSC) prior to 5:00 p.m. on June 5, 2017. Additionally, a complete and valid California School Finance Authority Charter School Facilities Program Application (Form CSFA 03-01) must be submitted to the California School Finance Authority (CSFA) by 5:00 p.m. on June 5, 2017. Please visit CSFA webpage for information on their submittal process. Applications may not be emailed, faxed or otherwise electronically transferred and must contain an original ‘wet’ signature. Signatures may not be scanned, photocopied, stamped, etc. Applications received after 5:00 p.m. on June 5, 2017 will be returned. For a list of the additional documents required to make a complete application package, please refer to the CSFP Application Submittal Requirements (PDF). Application packages may be mailed or hand delivered to the following address:
Office of Public School Construction
Subject: CSFP 2017 Filing Round
707 Third Street, 6th Floor
West Sacramento, CA 95605
If the total valid and complete applications submitted exceed the available $500 million, a preference points system and funding matrix, as provided for by Education Code (EC) Section 17078.56 and School Facility Program (SFP) Regulation Sections 1859.164 and 1859.164.1, will be used to fund the successful applicants. Information on how preference points are assigned and how projects are ranked can be found in the Preference Points and Funding Matrix Guidelines (PDF).
Please note that if a charter school is the applicant, EC Section 17078.53(b)(2) and SFC Regulation Sections 1859.162 and 1859.162.1 require that the charter school notify the superintendent and governing board of the school district in which it is physically located of its intent to submit an application at least 30 days prior to submission of the preliminary application. In order to meet the June 5, 2017 deadline, the last day that a notification can be received by the school district is Friday, May 5, 2017. If evidence that the notification was received by the school district shows this occurred on a date after May 6, 2017, the charter school may not submit an application as the applicant. The charter school may, however, work with the district to submit an application with the district as the applicant.
If you would like additional information, please contact Erin Cunneen at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (916) 375-4741, or Karen Mandell at (916) 376-8959 or email@example.com.
To request a California Department of Education Recommended Site Size Letter, please contact Lisa Constancio at LConstancio@cde.ca.gov or (916) 445-4889
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