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Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Grant Program

Grants to Colorado Public School Districts, Charter Schools, Community-
Based Organizations, and Indian Tribes for Student Educational Programs

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Colorado Department of Education (CDE)

Conf. Date:

04/09/21

LOI Date:

03/10/21

Deadline Date:

05/12/21 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants to Colorado public school districts, charter schools, community-based organizations, Indian tribes, and tribal organizations for student educational programs. Funding is intended for activities designed to complement the students' regular academic program. Funding is also intended to allow eligible applicants to establish or expand community learning centers that provide students with academic enrichment opportunities. Priority will be given to those programs serving students that attend high-poverty, low-performing schools.

Only applicants that specifically address all three purposes identified for funding will be considered. The purpose of this important program is to establish or expand community learning centers that:

  1. Provide opportunities for academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students (particularly students in high-poverty areas and those who attend low-performing schools) meet state and local student performance standards in core academic subjects such as reading, writing, and mathematics;
  2. Offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities, such as youth development activities, service learning, nutrition and health education, drug and violence prevention programs, counseling programs, arts, music, physical fitness and wellness programs, technology education programs, financial literacy programs, environmental literacy programs, mathematics, science, career and technical programs, internship or apprenticeship programs, and other ties to an in-demand industry sector or occupation for high school students that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students; and
  3. Offer families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their children’s education, including opportunities for literacy and related educational development.

This funding opportunity provides eligible applicants the opportunity to apply for 21st CCLC funding in one of three categories:

  • Traditional: Program activities held during non-school hours and periods when school is not in session (e.g., before school, after school, weekends, and during summer breaks). Summer programming is required for all funded 21st CCLC centers. 
  • ELT/Traditional: Programs held during the regular school day in which schools have extended the day, week, or year when school is in session and program activities during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session (e.g., before school, after school, weekends, or during summer breaks). Summer programming is required for all funded 21st CCLC centers.
  • ELT: Programs held during the regular school day when schools have extended the day, week, or year in which school is in session and program activities held outside of the academic calendar year and separately from any regularly scheduled summer school session. Summer programming is required for all funded 21st CCLC centers.

Priority Considerations can be found on page 5 of the RFA. See Supporting Documents below.

Required Minimum Hours of Programming and Allowable Activities can be found on page 8 of the RFA.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183177

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$5,750,000

Number of Grants:

It is anticipated that approximately 30 centers will be awarded through this competitive funding opportunity.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Grants will not be made in an amount less than $50,000 and no more than $150,000, per year per center.
- Costs per student should not exceed $2,000/student.

Term of Contract:

Grants awarded receive funds for a period of three years.

Those awarded applicants meeting exemplar criteria will be eligible for an automatic two years of renewability funding upon completion and approval of a brief continuation application.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible entities:
- A local educational agency (public school district),
- A Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES),
- The Charter School Institute,
- Community-based organization,
- Indian tribe or tribal organization (as such terms are defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Act (25 U.S.C. 450b)),
- Another public or private entity, or
- A consortium of two or more such agencies, organizations, or entities.

An intermediary unit, such as a Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), may apply for and receive a grant. A consortium of eligible applicants may apply together such as a consortium of local education agencies of community-based organizations. However, one entity must be designated as the lead fiscal agent of the consortium.

The term "community learning center" refers to an entity that:
1. Assists students to meet the challenging State academic standards by providing the students with academic enrichment activities and a broad array of other activities during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session (before, after school, and or during summer recess) that:
- Reinforce and complement the regular academic programs of the schools attended by the students served; and
- Are targeted schools the students' academic needs and aligned with the instruction students receive during the school day; and

2. Offers families of students served by such centers opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their children's education, including opportunities for literacy and related educational development.

Pre-proposal Conference:

In an effort to ensure that all potential applicants have the same information and are provided consistent responses, one hour webinar "office hours" will be available starting March 5th to answer questions from applicants. Dates and times are located on the Office Hours webpage. "Office hour" discussions will be recorded and posted on the website.

To Participate:
- Use this link to attend the online webinar, passcode: 271561: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82707335580?pwd=dlp5dDVwb0c0SEtHUFhOa3BtSkpzQT09
- Conference line number is +1 312 626 6799 , meeting ID: 827 0733 5580, passcode: 271561
- Applicants are encouraged to email questions with the subject line: 21st CCLC RFA, in advance of the office hour date. Email questions to Dana Scott.
- Office Hour Webinars will be held from 10am-11am and will be recorded and posted below.

Dates and Times​​:
- March 5 – Friday: 10am-11am
- March 12 – Friday: 10am-11am
- March 19 – Friday: 10am-11am
- March 26 – Friday: 10am-11am
- April 2 – Friday: 10am-11am
- April 9 – Friday: 10am-11am

More information:
https://www.cde.state.co.us/21stcclc/21stcclcrfa20182019officehourswebinars

Pre-Application Information:

If interested in applying for this funding opportunity, please complete the Intent to Apply form by Wednesday, March 10, 2021, by 11:59 pm. Though strongly encouraged, the Intent to Apply is informational and is not a required component of the grant application submission process. Those who complete the intent to apply will receive updates on the grant.

Completed applications (including all required elements outlined below) must be submitted online via SurveyMonkey Apply Online Application Platform by Wednesday, May 12, 2021, by 11:59 pm (extended from the original due date of April 14, 2021).

To ensure equitable geographic distribution of funds across Colorado, CDE has placed a limit on the number of centers each eligible entity may receive funding for during this grant period. This limit is derived from student enrollment within the school district.

All 21st CCLC awards are reimbursement grants, whereby each program submits requests for reimbursement for 21st CCLC expenditures paid by the program and then invoices CDE for those expenses. Subgrantees must have sufficient cash flow to operate the 21st CCLC program continuously while awaiting reimbursement receipt, which normally takes 30 days after the 15th of each month. Interest expense or other debt services costs cannot be charged to the 21st CCLC grant. Check cashing fees cannot be charged to the grant.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:
https://21cclccohortix.smapply.io/

Intent to Apply form:
https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/375ec40cb2ff48ad93f5eed363181fae

Program Questions:
Dana Scott, Director of the Office of Student Support and State Coordinator for the 21st CCLC Grant Program
(303) 866-6791 | Scott_D@cde.state.co.us

Budget/Fiscal Questions:
Marti Rodriguez, Office of Grants Fiscal Management
(303) 866-6769 | Rodriguez_M@cde.state.co.us

Application Questions:
Mandy Christensen, Competitive Grants and Awards
(303) 866-6250 | Christensen_A@cde.state.co.us

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