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

Grants to Illinois Schools and Community Organizations
for Educational Enrichment Programs

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)

Conf. Date:

05/28/20

LOI Date:

06/17/20

Deadline Date:

07/17/20 Receipt

Description:

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Grants to Illinois community organizations, LEAs, tribes, and other entities for educational programs that improve student success. Grants may be used to support a wide range of after-school programs and services. Funding is primarily intended to benefit students from low-performing schools. Eligible activities may focus on areas that include, but are not limited to, youth development, physical fitness, tutoring, nutrition, health education, STEM, and drug and violence prevention.

The 21st CCLC program is designed to help students meet state and local performance standards in core academic subjects and to offer families of participating students opportunities for literacy and related educational development.

The purpose of 21st CCLC programs 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, and 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. 

The purposes listed above for 21st CCLC are aligned to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). 

21st CCLC programs may provide services for prekindergarten children. 

21st CCLC funds are available for professional development activities that support the delivery of high-quality programs.

For information about program objectives and activities, see  https://www.isbe.net/Documents/FY21-21stCCLC-RFP-Document.pdf#page=8.

For allowable activities, see https://www.isbe.net/Documents/FY21-21stCCLC-RFP-Document.pdf#page=13.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 130091

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,600,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Annual grant awards will be a minimum of $50,000 and a maximum of $600,000, with individual awards not exceeding $150,000 per site (i.e., the physical location where grant-funded services and activities are provided to participating students and adults).

Term of Contract:

The grant period will begin no sooner than July 1, 2020, and will extend from the execution date of the grant until June 30, 2021.

Applicants who propose to offer summer programs may request a two-month extension period from July 1 to August 31 in each year of the grant

Successful applicants may reapply via continuing application for up to four additional years (i.e., FYs 2022, 2023, 2024, and 2025).

Funding in subsequent years will be contingent upon state grant-making rules, a sufficient appropriation for the program, and satisfactory progress in the preceding grant period. Funding in subsequent years will also be contingent upon a grantee’s ability to spend 85 percent of their funds in Year 1 and 92 percent in Year 2.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

Public and private entities, including Local Education Agencies (LEAs), such as public school districts, public university laboratory schools approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), state-authorized charter schools, area vocational centers, Regional Offices of Education, and Intermediate Service Centers; community-based organizations (CBOs), including faith-based organizations (FBOs), Indian tribes or tribal organizations (as such terms are defined in section of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Act); and other public and private entities are eligible to apply.

Note: A charter school that is a 501(c)(3) may apply with a Regional Office of Education or Intermediate Service Center that is recognized as an LEA.

An applicant is not required to have previous experience in providing after-school programs; however, applicants lacking such experience must demonstrate in their proposals that they can be successful in providing educational and related activities that will increase academic achievement and enhance positive youth development of the students to be served.

A consortium of two or more eligible applicants may apply as co-applicants by submitting a joint proposal. (Co-applicants in a consortium may submit multiple proposals).

Proposals may address the following priority areas:

1. Lowest-Performing Eligible Schools and Joint Applications
2. Evidence-Based Funding and Joint Applications
3. Middle and High Schools
4. Rural Schools

Population to be Served: The law requires that 21st CCLC awards be granted only to applicants who will primarily serve students who attend schools with a high concentration of students from low-income families (defined as not less than 40 percent of the students being eligible for free or reduced-price meals). Each applicant must propose to serve high poverty schools or schools eligible for schoolwide programs.

All programs and services provided to students and their families must be secular, neutral, and non-ideological. No funds provided pursuant to the 21st CCLC program may be expended to support religious practices, such as religious instruction, worship, or prayer.

For Non-Allowable Uses of Funds, see https://www.isbe.net/Documents/FY21-21stCCLC-RFP-Document.pdf#page=31.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A technical assistance webinar will be held at 1 p.m. on May 28, 2020.

Attendance is not required.

To register, see https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1427040055169723149.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals must be received by mail no later than July 17, 2020.

It is anticipated that successful applicants will receive a Notice of Award from the State Superintendent via email or U.S. Postal Mail approximately 90 days after the application deadline.

Applicants who plan to submit a proposal are asked to send a letter of intent by June 17, 2020. The letter is not required to submit a proposal but is highly encouraged. Letters of intent may be emailed to the email address indicated in Contact Information below.

Applicants are required to be registered in SAM before submitting an application, and to provide a valid DUNS number in the application.

Applicants may submit multiple proposals. Applicants who are administrative agents with operating budgets under $750 million will be restricted to receiving a maximum of three funded grants. Applicants who are administrative agents with operating budgets of more than $750 million may be awarded up to six grants.

Note: An applicant cannot propose to serve any school already receiving services under a 21st CCLC grant.

Faith-Based Rule: http://www.ed.gov/policy/fund/reg/fbci-reg.html

Legislation, Regulations, and Guidance: http://www.ed.gov/programs/21stcclc/legislation.html

Contact Information:

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

Mail the original and two paper copies plus an electronic copy of the proposal on a USB flash drive to:

Shayla Grantham
Illinois State Board of Education
Wellness Department
Mail Code E-222
100 North First Street
Springfield, Illinois 62777-0001

(217) 782-5270
21stcclc@isbe.net

For more information, contact Shayla Grantham at the phone number or email address indicated above. (Email is preferred.)

CFDA Number:

84.287C

Funding or Pin Number:

CSFA No. 586-46-0423

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois

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