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Charter School Capital Outlay

About Charter School Capital Outlay

Charter School Capital Outlay funds are annually allocated to eligible charter schools. To be eligible for funding a charter school must meet criteria 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, or 1e, as well as criteria 2,3,4, and 5.

  1.  
    1. Have been in operation for 3 or more years;
    2. Be governed by a governing board established in the state for 3 or more years which operates both charter schools and conversion charter schools within the state;
    3. Be an expanded feeder chain of a charter school within the same school district that is currently receiving charter school capital outlay funds;
    4. Have been accredited by the Commission on Schools of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; or
    5. Serve students in facilities that are provided by a business partner for a charter school-in-the-workplace pursuant to s. 1002.33(15)(b).
  2. Have financial stability for future operation as a charter school.
  3. Have satisfactory student achievement based on state accountability standards applicable to the charter school.
  4. Have received final approval from its sponsor pursuant to s. 1002.33 for operation during that fiscal year.
  5. Serve students in facilities that are not provided by the charter school's sponsor.

Allowable Uses of Funds

Charter School Capital Outlay funds may be used for any of the following purposes:

  1. Purchase of real property.
  2. Construction of school facilities.
  3. Purchase, lease-purchase, or lease of permanent or relocatable school facilities.
  4. Purchase of vehicles to transport students to and from the charter school.
  5. Renovation, repair, and maintenance of school facilities that the charter school owns or is purchasing through a lease-purchase or long-term lease of 5 years or longer.
  6. Effective July 1, 2008, purchase, lease-purchase, or lease of new and replacement equipment, and enterprise resource software applications that are classified as capital assets in accordance with definitions of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, have a useful life of at least 5 years, and are used to support school-wide administration or state-mandated reporting requirements.
  7. Payment of the cost of premiums for property and casualty insurance necessary to insure the school facilities.
  8. Purchase, lease-purchase, or lease of driver's education vehicles; motor vehicles used for the maintenance or operation of plants and equipment; security vehicles; or vehicles used in storing or distributing materials and equipment.

How to Apply

Each year the Department releases an online application, which eligible charter schools must complete and submit. The charter school's sponsor will review the application and provide a recommendation to the Department. The Commissioner of Education will make the final eligibility determination.

Charter schools will be notified via e-mail when the online application portal has been opened.

2014-15 Capital Outlay Memo (PDF, 602KB)

2014-15 Authorized Purposes (PDF, 17KB)

2014-15 Eligibility Criteria (PDF, 17KB)

How to Return Unused Capital Outlay Funds

Refunds should be addressed to the following address:

Florida Department of Education
325 West Gaines Street
Controller's Office, 9th Floor
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400

Should an agency wish to wire or EFT the funds back, they should call the Office of Funding and Financial Reporting at 850-245-9245 for additional information.

Distribution List

To see current and past Charter School Capital Outlay Distribution Reports, visit the following webpage: http://www.fldoe.org/edfacil/oef/chartsub.asp