School Innovation/Charter Schools

Maryland charter schools are public schools operated by independent nonprofit organizations.  The charter is awarded by the local board of education, and grants the school more operational autonomy than non-charter (traditional) public schools.  Public charter schools are tuition-free and open to all students. The Maryland State Department of Education provides support and guidance to local school systems engaged in authorizing public charter schools, and to charter school operators.

Infographic about Maryland Charter Schools

Grant Program

The Charter School Program provides grants for the start-up of new charter schools, or the significant expansion of quality charter schools. Up to $900,000 may be awarded to a school project. Sign up for the Charter newsletter to receive notification of future grant opportunities.

The 2022 grant round closed on May 18 at 5 pm EST. Visit our Grants page for details.


Carol Beck
Office of School Innovations
Office: (410) 767-3678

Stay Informed

Sign up to receive news and updates about the Charter Schools Grant Program. Check Charter Schools under News and Information