Walton Family Foundation (WFF) Startup Grants support the creation of public charters by providing grants to capable individuals and groups as they launch schools. Eligible school developers may receive $250,000 in direct start-up support. Grantees are providers who primarily serve low-income children in targeted geographies, and can demonstrate the capacity to dramatically raise student achievement. CSP is the designated grant partner for the Walton Family Foundation in Minnesota. All applicants interested in applying for a startup grant must be referred by Charter School Partners. A local and independent eight-member grant committee reviews proposals for new start-ups and makes recommendations to the Walton Foundation for start-up funds of up to $250,000 with the possibility of an additional $250,000. Here is a link to the Walton Family Foundation website outlining criteria for potential grant applicants.
Spring 2015 Timeline
1. New school developers interested in applying for a WFF startup grant this fall must first submit an Eligibility Questionnaire online at http://waltonfamilyfoundation.org/educationreform/eligibilityform by 5:00 pm on 3/1/15.
2. CSP will review the eligibility form and invite those schools that meet the criteria to participate in a brief interview to assess their readiness for applying to the WFF startup grant. Based on the interview CSP will determine whether to refer the new school developer for a WFF Startup grant.
3. If CSP refers the new school developer to complete a grant application, CSP will send the developer a link to the online application form along with login id and password. WFF Startup grant proposal and all required attachments are due by 5:00 pm on 4/3/2015. No exceptions will be made for late or incomplete applications.
4. The WFF Grant proposal will be reviewed by both CSP and WFF staffs for completeness and compliance with grant eligibility requirements.
5. If the new school developer is invited, they will be asked to participate in an interview with the local WFF Grant Review Committee on 9/29/14.
6. If the new school developer is awarded a grant, they must provide evidence of state approval before receiving the grant. The CSP Grant Review Committee consists of the following individuals:
* Amy Hertel, Education Transformation Initiative/The Minneapolis Foundation
* Beth Bray, Walton Family Foundation
* Chris Stewart, Education Post
* Jim Bartholomew, MN Business Partnership
* Madaline Edison, Educators 4 Excellence – MN
* Mike Pocrnich, The Anton Group
* Mike Spangenberg, Teach for America – Twin Cities