NC ACCESS Program

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.

Letters of Intent for implementation beginning in the 2020-21 school year are due by 5:00 p.m. (EST) on January 15, 2020.

Subgrant applications for implementation beginning in the 2020-21 school year are due by 5:00 p.m. (EST) on March 1, 2020.

For all NC ACCESS Program questions, please email us or call 919-807-3981.

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

Technical Assistance for Applicants

The NC ACCESS team will be holding information and training sessions throughout October 2019 - March 2020 to assist prospective applicants with the subgrant application process.

Regional Technical Assistance Sessions

The NC ACCESS team will be providing more in-person technical assistance and support to all prospective applicants. Use the schedule below to find a time and location near you. Please note that each 2-hour session will consist of two parts: hour one is an informational session outlining the NC ACCESS Subgrant Program and its requirements, and hour two is an in-depth application training.

Click the “Register” link to sign-up for a training. Scheduled sessions with no registrants will be cancelled 24 hours prior to the training.

REGION

DATE

TIME

LOCATION

REGISTER

North Central

Thursday, December 12, 2019

1pm - 3pm

NCDPI DIT Room, 301 N. Wilmington St., Raleigh, NC 27601

Register

North Central

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

10am - 12pm

NCDPI DIT Room, 301 N. Wilmington St., Raleigh, NC 27601

Register

Webinars 

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

WATCH WEBINAR

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 (919) 807-3981 or NCACCESS@dpi.nc.gov with questions.