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ESSA, Title IV Part B Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Grant

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New York State Education Department (NYSED) - Office of Student Support Services

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11/30/21 5:00 PM (EST)


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Grants to New York LEAs, nonprofit organizations, tribes and tribal organizations, agencies, IHEs, and for-profits for student educational programs. Nonprofit applicants must be pre-registered in the online application system. Funding is intended for activities designed to complement the students' regular academic program. The purpose of the program is to establish or expand activities in community learning centers.

The purpose of 21st Century Community Learning Centers is to provide opportunities for communities to establish or expand activities in community learning centers that:

  1. Provide opportunities for academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students, particularly students who attend low-performing schools, to meet the challenging State academic standards;
  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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 176371

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Annual subgrant awards will range from a minimum of $50,000 to a maximum of $1,200,000. A single agency may not apply for more than $1,200,000 total, either as a lead agency, a partner agency in multiple subgrants, or as a combination of lead and partner agency, in this competition even though an agency may not be successfully awarded in each case. For-profit agencies may apply for an annual grant award of up to a maximum of $400,000. The amount of 21st CCLC funds requested divided by the maximum anticipated number of students served must not exceed an annual amount of $2,100. Meaning, the maximum request amount per student is $2,100.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is five (5) years, anticipated to begin July 1, 2022 and to end June 30, 2027, subject to availability of funds from the United States Department of Education and satisfactory performance of the subgrantee in the previous year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any public or private organization that meets the eligibility requirements can apply for 21st CCLC funding. An “eligible entity” refers to a local educational agency (LEA), community-based organization (CBO), Indian tribe or tribal organization (25 U.S.C. Section 5130), another public or private entity, or a consortium of two or more such agencies, organizations, or entities (20 U.S.C. Section 7171[b][3]). This includes public school districts, BOCES, charter schools, private schools, nonprofit agencies, city or county government agencies, faith-based organizations, institutions of higher education, Indian tribes or tribal organizations, and for-profit corporations.

All subgrants must be implemented through a partnership that includes at least one (1) local educational agency receiving funds under part A of Title I and at least one (1) BOCES, nonprofit agency, city or county government agency, faith-based organization, institution of higher education, Indian tribe or tribal organization, or for-profit corporation with a demonstrated record of success in designing and implementing before school, after school, summer learning, or expanded learning time activities.*

To be eligible for this grant, at least 2/3 of the students an applicant is proposing to serve must attend:
1. Schools eligible for schoolwide programs under Title I, Section 1114 of the Every Student Succeeds Act, and the families of such students, or
2. Schools with at least 40 percent of students eligible for free or reduced priced lunch (FRPL), and the families of such students, or
3. Schools with at least 40% of their students designated as economically disadvantaged, and the families of such students.

For the purposes of this RFP, “local educational agencies” are defined as public schools and districts, private schools, and charter schools.

Pre-Application Information:

All questions must be submitted via email by 5:00 p.m. October 13, 2021. A complete list of all Questions and Answers will be posted on the URL for Full Text, below no later than November 2, 2021.

The non-mandatory Notice of Intent is due November 9, 2021, via Survey Monkey Apply.

The due date for application submissions has been extended to November 30, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. Complete applications must be submitted electronically via Survey Monkey Apply portal. Applications submitted via mail will not be reviewed. Submit by mail one (1) original and one (1) copy of the FS-10 budget postmarked no later than November 30, 2021.

Proposals received from nonprofit applicants that are not Prequalified in the Grants Gateway by 5:00 PM on the proposal due date of November 23, 2021 cannot be evaluated. Such proposals will be disqualified from further consideration. Please see the “Prequalification Requirement” section for additional information.

Hand-delivered submissions of applications will not be accepted.

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Submit by mail one (1) original and one (1) copy of the FS-10 budget postmarked no later than November 23, 2021 to:

New York State Education Department
Attn: Elizabeth Whipple
Re: 2022-2027 21st CCLC Grant Application
New York State Education Department
Office of Student Support Services Rm 319M
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234

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