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Grants to California IHEs, LEAs, Nonprofits, and Agencies for PreK-12 Academic Enrichment Programs

21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Elementary/Middle and 21st Century High School After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs) Program


Agency
State

GrantWatch ID#
130940

Funding Source
California Department of Education
Expanded Learning Division (EXLD)
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Geographic Focus
USA: California

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/16/23 4:00 PM - Deadline for online uploads and Postmarked by Date Save

Grant Description
Grants to California IHEs, LEAs, nonprofit organizations, agencies, and other organizations to provide enriching educational programs outside of school hours for students in PreK-12 grades. Funding is also intended for programs geared to high school students that support college and career readiness. Public or private entities are eligible to apply provided that they propose to serve Title I schools that have schoolwide programs, or a Title I school with at least 40 percent of the students eligible for Free or Reduced Price Meals and the school is 1) either in Program Improvement, or 2) been determined by the local educational agency to be in need of intervention and support, and all programs must serve the families of students at these schools.

The purpose of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Elementary/Middle is to support community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities for students in transitional kindergarten through grade 8 who attend high poverty and low-performing schools. The purpose of the 21st Century High School After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs) Program is to support community learning centers for students in grades nine through twelve with academic enrichment opportunities and activities designed to complement students' regular academic program.

Purpose:

  • 21st Century Community Learning Centers: The purpose of the 21st CCLC Program is to support the creation of community learning centers for elementary and middle school students that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The 21st CCLC 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.
    • There are five subprogram types for which 21st CCLC funding is granted: After School Base programs, Before School Base programs, After School Summer/Supplemental programs, Before School Summer/Supplemental programs, and Equitable Access programs.
  • 21st Century After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens: The purpose of the 21st Century 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.
    • There is one subprogram type for which 21st Century High School ASSETs funding is granted––After School Base programs.

For more information, see Section II.D. Program Types and Funding in the RFA. See RFP & Supporting Documents. 

For Funding Priority, see Section III.D. Funding Priority in the RFA. See RFP & Supporting Documents. 



Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Applicants: Institutions of higher education, local educational agencies, nonprofit organizations, other organizations or agencies

Public or private entities are eligible to apply for 21st Century Community Learning Centers or ASSETs funds (20 United States Code Section 7173[a][3]) provided that they propose to serve Title I schools that have schoolwide programs, or a Title I school with at least 40 percent of the students eligible for Free or Reduced Price Meals and the school is 1) either in Program Improvement, or 2) been determined by the local educational agency to be in need of intervention and support, and all programs must serve the families of students at these schools.

Additional Geographic Information:

School sites within an application will be assigned to one of six geographic funding categories (northern-urban, northern-rural, central-urban, central-rural, southern-urban, and southern-rural) and be ordered for each individual school site based on funding priority first, then FRPM percentage (refer to Section VII. Funding Priority, A. Geographic Funding Distribution, in the RFA. See RFP & Supporting Documents.)

Pre-Application Information
Important Dates
- Date Application Available: September 15, 2023
- Due Date: November 16, 2023
- Expected Notification Date: May 15, 2024

All Applicants and Co-Applicants must complete and pass a series of virtual trainings and assessments by November 16, 2023 by 4:00 p.m. Failure to complete this requirement will result in disqualification.

A detailed timeline can be found on page 6 of the RFA. See RFA & Supporting Documents.

The original application packet must be postmarked on, or before Thursday, November 16, 2023, and mailed to the Expanded Learning Division (EXLD). Mail the original application packet to the address below. Postmarks will be honored. In-person delivery of applications to the CDE is not currently allowed, all applications must be sent using United States (U.S.) mail.

Documents:
https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r27/rfa21standassets2024-25.asp

ASSIST Application Process:
https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r27/cclc24assist.asp

FAAST Application Process:
https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r27/cclcassets24faast.asp

FAQs:
https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r27/cclcassets24faqs.asp

Estimated Size of Grant
21st CCLC $50,000-$152,662.50: An estimated $26 million in funding has been allocated for 21st CCLC.

ASSETs $50,000-$254,500: An estimated $29 million in funding has been allocated for ASSETs.

Term of Contract
Applicants awarded a grant will receive a five-year grant.

Contact Information
Apply Online:
https://www3.cde.ca.gov/assist/index.aspx

Contacts
- Program: Expanded Learning Division, 916-319-0923, 21stCCLCandASSETSRFA@cde.ca.gov

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

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