In 2018, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction was awarded a Public Charter Schools Program (CSP) grant from the U.S. Department of Education of approximately $26.6 million. The Department was awarded an additional $10 million in 2019. The CSP grant will be used to implement the North Carolina Advancing Charter Collaboration and Excellence for Student Success (NC ACCESS) Program to:

  1. Increase the number of educationally disadvantaged students attending high-quality charter schools and expand the number of high-quality charter schools available to educationally disadvantaged students;

  2. Develop a cohort of 160 charter school leaders who can develop and demonstrate best practices in serving educationally disadvantaged students; and

  3. Broadly disseminate best practices in serving educationally disadvantaged students and foster collaboration in the charter school community and between charter schools and traditional public schools.

The NC ACCESS Program has allocated the majority of the CSP funds to advance Priority 1 listed above through school-level subgrants. Learn more about applying for a subgrant below.

For all NC ACCESS Program questions, please email us or call 984-236-2700.

Resources for Applicants

NC ACCESS Program Overview

NC ACCESS Subgrant Application Process Guidance

NC ACCESS Subgrant Request for Application (RFA)

NC ACCESS Subgrant RFA Budget Template

NC ACCESS Subgrant Application Scoring Rubric


View the following training webinar to learn more about the NC ACCESS Program subgrant application process.


Office Hours

The NC ACCESS team will be available to provide technical assistance to prospective applicants between 9:00am – 4:00pm Monday – Friday. Reach out to us at (984) 236-2700 or with questions.