New Charter Schools for CT

The Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation (PCLB) is excited to offer a funding opportunity to outstanding operators who are ready to open public charter schools in Connecticut.

In the Spring of 2022, the CT State Department of Education will be releasing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for new public charter schools. PCLB and its advocacy and community partners want to support this effort to expand Connecticut’s charter sector by ensuring that a robust, diverse, high-quality, and committed group of organizations can successfully respond to the RFP.

Grants of at least $150,000 will be awarded to promising applicants – schools, operators, community groups, and others – who commit to responding to the upcoming CT State Department of Education RFP. These funds can be used to compile a strong charter application, to cover staff time, and to begin community engagement work on the ground. Grant amounts may increase subject to RFP timelines.

If an organization’s charter application is approved by the CT State Board of Education, PCLB will invite the successful applicant to apply for the multi-year, general operating grant necessary to take the new charter school forward. We know grant funds alone are not enough, so PCLB will also connect applicants to a network of advocacy, community, local, and research partners that can help along the way.


The PCLB Foundation has long supported the growth of Connecticut’s public charter sector and envisions a future in which students and families in all corners of the state have a diverse and thriving set of educational options to choose from.

To learn more about this opportunity, please join us for an online information session on February 15th at 1:00 PM EST. The session will seek to provide additional information about CT’s charter context (regulation, charter law, school finance, etc.) as well as the funding opportunity.

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Eligibility, application, and selection details can be found in the New Charter Schools for CT – Program Guidelines

Questions should be directed to Rebecca Greenberg-Ellis, Program Officer: [email protected]