We ensure your next school has a great home.
We ensure your next school has a great home.
80% percent of CSGF portfolio school leaders tell us that securing and financing school buildings is a significant problem. We’re here to help you develop your strategy, select the right team, and get the best deal.
We help you develop financially-sound strategies for facility expansion, and we advise you in selecting outside experts and partners. Together we can:
We work with you to attract low-interest financing from the private and public sectors, and periodically provide low-cost, short-term loans direct from CSGF. Our goal is to:
We support nonprofit organizations that run some of the top charter schools in their communities and are redefining what is possible in America’s public schools. Our portfolio members typically share the following traits:
Since 2010, we have worked with more than 20 CSGF portfolio members to identify and finance their school facilities at the right cost.
Partnered with Henderson to arrange a complex $11M long-term financing arrangement in partnership with three other lenders. Filled a crucial appraisal & loan-to-value gap by contributing $1M in subordinated debt from the CSGF Facility Fund.
Received a total interest rate of ~3% for 30 years, saving the school significant fund to redirect to academics.
“Throughout our facilities process, CSGF has kept us informed about our options, provided expert opinions,and supported us as we’ve evaluated proposals. They are making it possible for us to serve more kids in rural North Carolina.”
Eric Sanchez, CEO, Henderson Collegiate Charter Schools
To connect with a member of our team, please email us at: [email protected]
We are a team that is dedicated to solving the facility challenges faced by our portfolio members. Our services are free, and we support charter school networks at every stage of growth–ranging in size from one or two schools to as many as 40. We help develop your facility strategy, navigate the real estate landscape in your community, and negotiate and secure financing from external lenders. We consider ourselves a member of your team, and we’re here to help you starting on day one.
Our advisory services are only available to charter networks in the CSGF portfolio. These organizations have received an investment through our National Fund, Emerging CMO Fund, or regional funds in Tennessee, Florida, and New Orleans. To learn more about joining our portfolio, please visit http://chartergrowthfund.org/apply.
The earlier the better! The facility process typically requires two to three years. Please see our school facility timeline for more information.
There is no typical plan. We help schools of all sizes build their first facility and their tenth facility, and we advise schools on when it’s best to expand or renovate rather than build new.
You don’t have to be an expert, but there are two critical questions to ask yourself before starting the process:
Our Facility Fund provides affordable and timely loans to help our portfolio members purchase, build, expand, and renovate school facilities. We’ve raised this money from national philanthropists who want to support the growth of the nation’s best charter school networks. Our goal is for these Facility Fund dollars to attract outside lenders who can provide capital at advantageous terms for school building projects.
Charter schools can choose from a number of financing options, which include bank lenders, community lenders, and the bond market. We help you to navigate these options, and deploy our funds only when outside lenders either cannot fund your entire project or are too costly.
As we work with you, we are partners at every stage in the process. If we lend you money, we do not impose unnecessary restrictions that may interfere with your school’s budget. Neither do we require you to pledge your school property as collateral. We work with you to set a flexible loan repayment structure.
Our loans typically do not cover the entire cost of a new school; they are provided to bridge a market gap in financing. (These include the appraisal, loan-to-cost, and timing gaps.)
The diagram to the right depicts the typical “loan-to-cost gap” that occur when a lender provides a portion of a project’s total cost, but requires a charter network to make an equity contribution. In this scenario, money from the CSGF Facility Fund can be used to make the required down payment.
Facility Fund loans have low annual interest rates of 2.5–3.0%. These rates are significantly lower than those provided by commercial lenders, especially for unsecured debt.
We attract lenders in two primary ways:
We customize each loan according to what our portfolio members can afford. Our typical Facility Fund loan term is between two and three years, but can be as long as five years. We do not charge prepayment penalties, and we encourage schools to repay loans as soon as they can.
Completing your project on time and on budget is our top priority. While we have approved deals in as little as three weeks, our process normally takes two months, from the time we receive your documents to the date of approval of your loan.
Our team can begin working with you at any point in the facility loan process, but we’re able to be most helpful when we can start our partnership with you at least 18 months before the planned opening of your school.