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21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) and After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs) Programs

Grants to California IHEs, LEA, Nonprofits, Businesses,
and Agencies for K-12 After School and Academic Enrichment Programs

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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California Department of Education (CDE)

Deadline Date:

11/13/18 4:00 PM Receipt

Description:

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Grants starting at $50,000 to California IHEs, LEA, nonprofits, agencies, businesses, and other organizations to provide K-12 after school programs and scholastic enrichment programs for 9-12th graders. Funding is intended for educational activities and programs focused on academic enrichment, mentoring, literacy, STEM education, workforce readiness, drug prevention, and social-emotional skills.

Purpose, Program Types, and Funding:

1. 21st Century Community Learning Centers
The purpose of the 21st CCLC is to support the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high poverty and low-performing schools. The 21st CCLC Program helps students meet state and local academic standards in core subjects, such as reading and math; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement the regular academic program; and offers educational services to the families of participating children.

An estimated $18 million in funding has been allocated for 21st CCLC programs proposing to serve elementary and middle/junior high school students in kindergarten to ninth grade (Cohort 12), starting in state FY 2019–20. Applicants awarded a 21st CCLC grant will receive a five-year grant, subject to semiannual attendance and other reporting requirements. Grant awards are contingent upon the availability of 21st CCLC Program federal funds authorized in the California State Budget.

There are three program types for which 21st CCLC funding can be used: Before School Programs, After School Programs, and Summer/Supplemental Programs (including before school summer/supplemental and after school summer/supplemental).

a. Before School Programs
The 21st CCLC before school grants are provided for program operation during the regular school year, typically 180 days. Funding for before school programs is as follows: $5 per participating student per regular school day, up to a maximum of $37,500 per year for elementary school students served; and $49,000 per year for middle and junior high school students served. For larger-than-average-size schools, these amounts may be increased up to twice these limits, using the large-school adjustment formula below.
- For elementary schools, multiply $75 by the number of pupils enrolled at a school that exceeds 600, up to a maximum of $75,000 per year.
- For middle/junior high schools, multiply $75 by the number of pupils enrolled at a school that exceeds 900, up to a maximum of $98,000 per year.

b. After School Programs
The 21st CCLC after school grants are provided for program operation during the regular school year, typically 180 days. The minimum grant amount for 21st CCLC programs per school site is $50,000, including any Equitable Access funds awarded. The CDE will provide after school funding under a 21st CCLC Program grant for after school programs by using the following formula: $7.50 per participating student per regular school day, up to a maximum of $112,500 per year for elementary school students served; and $150,000 per year for middle/junior high school students served. For larger-than-average-size schools these amounts may be increased up to twice these limits by using the large-school adjustment formula below.
- For elementary schools, multiply $113 by the number of pupils enrolled at a school that exceeds 600 up to a maximum of $225,000 per year.
- For middle/junior high schools, multiply $113 by the number of pupils enrolled at a school that exceeds 900 up to a maximum of $300,000 per year.

c. Summer/Supplemental Programs
Summer/Supplemental programs may operate any time in excess of 180 regular school days or during any combination of summer, intersession, or vacation periods (EC Section 8483.76[a]). All applicants requesting funding for a summer/supplemental program must also request funding for a before or after school base program through this RFA, or request a summer/supplemental program for a site (either After School Education and Safety [ASES], or 21st CCLC) with an existing before or after school base program. After school summer/supplemental programs must have an after school base grant at the site. Likewise, a before school summer/supplemental program must have a before school base grant at the site.

Funding priority in this RFA shall only be given to grant applications that will propose to offer year-round expanded learning programming in the form of After School Summer/Supplemental, including:
- Programs that propose to provide any combination of year-round programming (ASES and/or 21st CCLC Summer/Supplemental funding).
- Programs that apply for an After School Summer/Supplemental grant through this RFA to complement existing ASES or 21st CCLC after school base programs.
- Programs that apply for a 21st CCLC After School Base grant through this RFA to complement existing ASES and/or 21st CCLC Summer/Supplemental funding.

An applicant that offers summer/supplemental programming to complement existing ASES or 21st CCLC funded after school programs is not required to be the same entity that operates the existing program, but must identify the grantee with whom it is coordinating for the purpose of providing year-round programming.
Summer/supplemental grants may not exceed 30 percent of a school’s total annual grant amount.
- Funding for before school summer/supplemental programs is $5.00 per participating student per regular school day.
- Funding for after school summer/supplemental programs is $7.50 per participating student per regular school day.

An existing after school summer/supplemental grantee may operate a three- or six-hour per day program. The six-hour per day program is funded at a reimbursement rate of $15 per student per day. The minimum funding for an after school summer/supplemental program is $8,100; however, there is no minimum funding for a before school summer/supplemental program. A summer/supplemental grantee that operates a program may open eligibility to every pupil attending a school in the school district. Priority for enrollment shall be given to the pupils enrolled in the school that receives the grant.

2. 21st Century After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens
The purpose of the 21st Century High School ASSETs Program is to provide local flexibility in the establishment or expansion of community learning centers that provide students in grades nine through twelve with academic enrichment opportunities and activities designed to complement students’ regular academic program and that support college and career readiness, assist with literacy and related educational development services for families of these students, and provide a safe environment for students participating in their programs.

An estimated $22 million in funding has been allocated for ASSETs programs proposing to serve high school students in grades nine to twelve (Cohort 12), starting in state FY 2019–20. Applicants awarded an ASSETs grant will receive a five-year grant of up to $250,000 per year per site, subject to semiannual attendance and other reporting requirements. Grant awards are contingent upon the availability of ASSETs program federal funds authorized in the California State Budget.

The ASSETs after school grants may operate after school and during any combination of before school, weekends, summer, intercession, and vacation. The CDE will provide after school funding under an ASSETs program grant for after school programs by using the following formula: $10 per participating student per regular school day, up to a maximum of $250,000 per year for high school students served. The minimum grant amount for ASSETs programs per school site is $50,000.

3. Equitable Access
Equitable Access funds are optional and are intended to supplement the after school program grant to help local programs provide access to 21st CCLC or ASSETs programs and participation in community learning center programs according to needs determined by the local community. Funding for Equitable Access is available for up to $25,000 per school site per year, based on the specific needs of each site(s) for the facilitation of Equitable Access to 21st CCLC or ASSETs programs. Only those eligible sites funded with a 21st CCLC or ASSETs after school base grant through this RFA process will be considered for this funding.

Authorized Activities:

Applicants may include a description of a broad array of activities in their application narratives that advance student academic achievement and support student success (20 U.S.C. Section 7175[a]), including:
1. Academic enrichment learning programs, mentoring programs, remedial education activities, and tutoring services, that are aligned with: The challenging state academic standards and any local academic standards; and local curricula that are designed to improve student academic achievement
2. Well-rounded education activities, including such activities that enable students to be eligible for credit recovery or attainment
3. Literacy education programs, including financial literacy programs and environmental literacy programs
4. Programs that support a healthy and active lifestyle, including nutritional education and regular, structured physical activity programs
5. Services for individuals with disabilities
6. Programs that provide after school activities for students who are English learners and that emphasize language skills and academic achievement
7. Cultural programs
8. Telecommunications and technology education programs
9. Expanded library service hours
10. Parenting skills programs that promote parental involvement and family literacy
11. Programs that provide assistance to students who have been truant, suspended, or expelled to allow them to improve their academic achievement;
12. Drug- and violence-prevention programs and counseling programs
13. Programs that build skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), including computer science, and that foster innovation in learning by supporting nontraditional STEM education teaching methods
14. Programs that partner with in-demand fields of the local workforce or build career competencies and career readiness and ensure that local workforce and career readiness skills are aligned with the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 (20 U.S.C. 2301) and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (29 U.S.C. 3101)
15. Summer/supplemental learning loss
16. Social-Emotional skills that help students set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, make responsible decisions, and understand and manage emotions

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 130940

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$32,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

21st CCLC $50,000–$112,500; ASSETs $50,000–$250,000

Term of Contract:

The grant award cycle will be for five years; however, Grant Award Notifications (AO-400s) will be allocated in annual increments.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: Institutions of higher education, local educational agencies, nonprofit organizations, other organizations or agencies.

An “eligible entity” refers to an 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]). Examples of entities eligible to apply for 21st Century funds include:
- LEAs, including school districts and county offices of education, and direct funded charter schools
- Private schools, provided that they serve public school students
- Nonprofit agencies
- Public entities, city and county government agencies, organizations, or other private entities
- Institutions of higher education
- Native American tribe or tribal organizations
- CBOs
- For-profit corporations
- Consortia of two or more of the above agencies, organizations, or other entities

A grant application may propose to serve more than one school site; however, a school site may be included in only one application. If a school site is included in multiple applications by error and/or is requesting multiple program types in separate applications, the CDE will contact the applicant and the school site principal, and will select the appropriate application based on the applicant and school site principal’s designation.

Pre-Application Information:

Critical Dates for the Application Process:

- RFA and supporting documents are posted on the CDE Funding and Fiscal Management webpage: September 2018
- Submission deadline for all forms (21 st CCLC and ASSETs) in hard copy to the CDE: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 by 4:00 PM
- Submission deadline for FAAST application narratives uploaded and submitted as Final into FAAST: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 by 4:00 PM
- Recruitment and training of qualified reviewers to score application narratives: October 2018
- Applicants are notified if they have been disqualified based on CDE screening of applications and eligibility criteria: November–December 2018
- Assignment of application narratives to qualified reviewers: November–December 2018
- Independent panel reviews CDE screening disqualification appeals submitted by applicants: December 2018
- Application narratives reviewed; determination of Passing/Not Passing narratives: November–December 2018
- Applicants are notified if they are not moving forward (Not Passing): November–December 2018
- Funding Priority—The CDE applies funding priority to applications with Passing narratives: December 2018–January 2019
- The CDE reviews voluntary/involuntary grant reductions to determine available funding amounts: February 2019
- Intent to Award (ITA) is posted on the CDE website (the ITA is NOT the final funding list): April 2019
- Independent panel reviews ITA funding priority appeals submitted by applicants: April–May 2019
- The final funding list will be posted on the CDE website when all data are verified and appeals are decided: May 2019

Request for Applications: https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r27/cclc19rfa.asp

ASSIST Application Process:
https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r27/cclc19assist.asp

FAAST Application Process:
https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r27/cclcassets19faast.asp

21st CCLC and ASSETs FAQs:
https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r27/cclcassets19faqs.asp

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://www3.cde.ca.gov/assist/index.aspx

Expanded Learning Division
Phone: 916-319-0923
Email: expandedlearning@cde.ca.gov

All completed RFAs should be submitted to:

21 st Century Grant Application
Expanded Learning Division—21 st Century RFA Helpdesk
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 3400
Sacramento, CA 95814-5901

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California