For Immediate Release: January 31, 2019
Taylor Fulcher, Director of Communications
The South Carolina Public Charter School District Releases One Million Dollar Grant Opportunity to its Charter Schools
Columbia, South Carolina – The South Carolina Public Charter School District (SCPCSD), the state’s largest and most diverse charter school authorizer, has released a one-million-dollar grant opportunity to its portfolio of 33 tuition-free public charter schools. The grant opportunity, which was passed unanimously by the Board of Trustees, will award each member-school up to $30,000 for proposals geared towards improving student outcomes, increasing access and equity (particularly for low-income students and students of color), expanding or replicating effective school models, and addressing an urgent need or area of deficiency.
SCPCSD Board of Trustees Chairman Mr. Laban Chappell is quoted saying “I’m proud of what our schools and this District have set out to accomplish and am optimistic about our future and our ability to help South Carolina achieve the best results possible. Since Superintendent Smalley has taken the helm, we have witnessed not only growth in student academic achievement, but also growth in District financial reserves due to fiscal responsibility. It is prudent for the District to maintain a reasonable amount of reserve funds as required by statute and board policy. However, as a result of the actions and decisions of Mr. Smalley and our staff, we have the opportunity and good fortune to distribute excess funds to your school in the form of the District’s Mini-Grant program.
All application materials are due to the SCPCSD on April 3, 2019. Grant disbursements will be made in two installments in 2019.
This school year, the South Carolina Public Charter School District oversees 33 public charter schools serving almost 20,000 students across the state, with two additional schools scheduled to open in Fall 2019 and 25 applicants vying for new-charter approval this spring. The District was recently named to the National AP Honor-Roll for dramatically narrowing racial and socio-economic achievement gaps in college entry exams.