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

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

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Funding Source:

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California Department of Education (CDE)

Deadline Date:

11/16/21 - Online Submission and Postmarked by Date

Description:

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Grants to California IHEs, LEAs, nonprofits, agencies, private entities, and other organizations to provide PreK-12 after school programs and grade 9-12 scholastic enrichment programs. 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 and Program Types:

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.

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.

  • After School Base Programs: The After School Base program grants are provided for program operation during the regular school year, typically 180 days (EC Section 8483.7). After School Base programs are considered foundational, and are a base requirement for all other subprogram types at a given school site. 
  • Before School Base Programs: The 21st CCLC Before School Base program grants are provided for program operation during the regular school year, typically 180 days.
  • After School Summer/Supplemental: After School Summer/Supplemental programs may operate any time in excess of 180 regular school days or during any combination of weekends, summer, intersession, or vacation periods.
  • Before School Summer/Supplemental: Before School Summer/Supplemental programs may operate any time in excess of 180 regular school days or during any combination of weekends, summer, intersession, or vacation periods.
  • Equitable Access: Equitable Access grants are optional funds intended to supplement 21st CCLC Elementary/ Middle After School Base program grants by helping provide access to 21st CCLC programs according to needs determined by the local community (EC Section 8484.8[b][1]). Equitable Access grants are only available for 21st CCLC (elementary/middle school) programs.

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.

There is one subprogram type for which 21st Century High School ASSETs funding is granted––After School Base programs. 

  • After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens After School Base: The ASSETs After School Base program may operate after school and during any combination of before school, weekends, summer, intercession, and vacation.

For information about Authorized Activities, see pages 19-20 of the RFA in Supporting Documents below.

For information about Funding Priority, see pages 30-33 of the RFA in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 130940

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$40,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

- An estimated $18 million in funding has been allocated for 21st CCLC programs.
- An estimated $22 million in funding has been allocated for ASSETs program.

Recipient Amounts:
- 21st CCLC: $50,000 - $152,662.50
- ASSETs: $50,000 - $254,500

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.

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.

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
- Community Based Organizations

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.

Eligible entities may not apply for this RFA if they are:
- ASES Programs seeking before school or equitable access funding.
- Current 21st CCLC or ASES sites that have received a grant reduction in the most current year of reductions due to the agency not meeting the attendance targets. This applies to each component in the application (ex- current before school base to proposed before school base).

Pre-Application Information:

Critical Dates for the Application Process:

- September 2021: RFA and supporting documents are posted on the CDE Funding and Funding Opportunities web page
- Tuesday, November 16, 2021: The original, printed hard copy application packet must be postmarked on, or before Tuesday, November 16, 2021 and mailed to the Expanded Learning Division.
- Tuesday, November 16, 2021: Submission deadline for FAAST application narratives uploaded and submitted as Final into FAAST by 4:00 PM
- August–September 2021: Recruitment and training of qualified reviewers to score application narratives
- November–December 2021: Applicants are notified if they have been disqualified based on CDE screening of applications and eligibility criteria
- December 2021: Assignment of application narratives to qualified reviewers
- December 2021: Independent panel reviews CDE screening disqualification appeals submitted by applicants
- November–December 2021: Application narratives reviewed; determination of Passing/Not Passing narratives
- January 2022: Applicants are notified if they are not moving forward (Not Passing)
- January 2022: Funding Priority—The CDE applies funding priority to applications with Passing narratives
- April 2022: Intent to Award (ITA) is posted on the CDE website (the ITA is NOT the final funding list).
- April–May 2022: Independent panel reviews ITA funding priority appeals submitted by applicants
- April–May 2022: All Applicants listed on the ITA list must complete a series of virtual trainings and assessments.
- May 2022: The final funding ITA list will be posted on the CDE website when all data are verified and appeals are decided

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) and After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs) application narratives must be submitted online.

The original application packet must be postmarked on, or before Tuesday, November 16, 2021 and mailed to the Expanded Learning Division. Mail the original application packet to the address below. Postmarks will be honored.

Due to COVID restrictions, in-person delivery of applications to the CDE is not currently allowed.

The grant sub recipient must comply with the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, as defined in 2 CFR Part 25 (PL 109-282; PL 110-252) regarding the establishment of a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and maintaining a current/active registration in the System for Award Management web page at https://www.sam.gov/SAM/.

Request for Applications: https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r27/cclc21strfa21-2.asp

ASSIST Application Process: https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r27/cclc22assist.asp

FAAST Application Process: https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r27/cclcassets22faast.asp

21st CCLC and ASSETs FAQs: https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r27/cclcassets22faqs.asp

2022-23 21st CCLC/ASSETs RFA Webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfs51-NIN6I

Certifications and Assurances: https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/fm/generalassurances2021-22.asp

Contact Information:

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

After School Support and Information System (ASSIST): https://www3.cde.ca.gov/assist/index.aspx

Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST): https://faast.waterboards.ca.gov/

All RFA questions and correspondence should be submitted by email through the 21st CCLC RFA Helpdesk at 21stCCLCandASSETsRFA@cde.ca.gov.

All questions relating to RFA forms required through the After School Support and Information System (ASSIST) should be submitted by email through the ASSIST Helpdesk at ASSIST@cde.ca.gov.

All questions relating to application narratives required through the Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST) should be submitted by email through the FAAST Helpdesk at FAAST_ADMIN@waterboards.ca.gov.

Mail the original application packet to the address below:

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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