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

Grants to Missouri Nonprofits, Businesses, Schools,
IHEs, and Agencies for Academic Enrichment Programs

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Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

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06/04/21 1:00 PM CT Receipt


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Grants to Missouri nonprofit organizations, businesses, schools, IHEs, and government agencies for academic enrichment programs. Funding is intended for tutoring services, youth development activities, and other services to support student educational development and learning.

21st CCLC programs are required to provide the following programmatic components, as authorized under Title IV, Part B, of the ESEA, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015:

  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 in at least math, reading, and science (subjects are Missouri specific);
  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.

All three components must be offered at each site.

A center may be composed of one or more sites. Each site occurs at a separate geographic location, but is still part of the total 21st CCLC.

Centers need to provide a range of high-quality services to support student learning and development, including tutoring and mentoring, homework help, academic enrichment (such as hands-on math, reading/language arts, and science, STEM programs), community service opportunities, as well as music, arts, sports, and cultural activities. At the same time, centers help working parents by providing a safe environment for students during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session.

Applicants are encouraged to consider a wide range of school and community-based programs, people, and resources that can be effectively incorporated into the 21st CCLC to help enhance student achievement and youth development. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following: student peer tutors, mentors and educators, retired teachers, and other senior citizens qualified to provide educational services, licensed teachers, pupil services, and library services personnel; service-learning and other experiential forms of education; family action teams; and increased use of library facilities.

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GrantWatch ID#: 143170

Estimated Size of Grant:

By federal statute, the DESE cannot consider funding any application that requests less than $50,000 per year. Maximum awards will be no more than $400,000 per application, per year (pending availability of funds).

Term of Contract:

Missouri 21st CCLC awards cannot exceed five years. The DESE intends to make first year awards through June 30, 2022 with (4) four subsequent one-year continuation options to successful grantees.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any public or private organization is eligible to apply. Examples of agencies and organizations eligible under the 21st CCLC program include, but are not limited to:

- Public schools, local education agency (LEA);
- Charter schools;
- Private schools;
- Nonprofit agencies;
- Faith and community-based organizations;
- Institutions of higher education; and
- For-profit corporations.

The statute also allows a consortium to apply.

Applicants are not allowed to divest oversight of the program administration or implementation to another agency, therefore, at a minimum; applicants must maintain direct control of 51% of the total grant award during the entire grant cycle. These funds may not be used as a pass-through to another agency to operate a 21st CCLC program.

Each 21st CCLC grant requires the participation of an LEA, either as the applicant or as a collaborative partner. LEAs involved as collaborative partners in an application submitted by another eligible entity must agree to provide any necessary student data in a timely manner consistent with reporting deadlines and requirements and must be indicated as such in the signed Memorandum of Understanding.

The DESE will restrict awards to applications that propose to primarily serve students who attend schools that are eligible as Title I schoolwide programs (40% or more of the student population is eligible to receive free and reduced price meals).

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are encouraged to send an “Intent to Apply” for the 21st CCLC grant competition by Friday, May 14, 2021. This will help the DESE adequately plan for grant readers in order to have the applications reviewed in a timely manner. It is not required to submit an “Intent to Apply” in order to submit an application.

Applications must be received by the DESE no later than 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 4, 2021 (not postmarked)-NO EXCEPTIONS. You should allow additional time for delays, technical issues, etc. DESE will use the clock in the front/main office of the 7th floor for the 1:00 p.m. deadline.

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

Applications may now be submitted electronically to This method is highly encouraged and preferred.

To submit applications by mail:
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Extended Learning Section
PO Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480

Please submit the Intent to Apply and all questions related to the interpretation of the application and the process to the email address and mailing address listed above or (573) 522-2627.

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
205 Jefferson St.
Jefferson City, MO 65101
(573) 751-4212

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