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Positive Development of Children and Youth

School Age Community (SAC) Grant

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Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

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09/21/20 3:00 PM CT Receipt


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Grants to Missouri local education agencies for programs that promote the positive development of children and youth. Funding is intended to offer services to children for afterschool programs. Funds may be used for a new program or to expand and/or enhance current afterschool programs, whether supported by public or private funds. For example, an awardee may use funds to align activities to help students meet local and state academic standards if those services are not part of the current afterschool program.

Applications for the SAC grant must be identified as one of the following:

New Services: Implementing a new program where no such service is presently being operated. The program must be new to the district.

Existing Services: Improving and/or expanding an existing program to serve more children than are presently being served or to improve the quality of the program.

Research indicates a safe, well-supervised, and enriching School Age Community Program’s (SAC) environment can greatly enhance the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of children. Afterschool programs are not intended to extend the direct instruction of the classroom by using “right answer” materials and textbooks. However, parents, regular school staff, and most financial stakeholders including legislators want and need to know that academic support is taking place. All afterschool programs can support the academic development of participants by maximizing a variety of “teachable” moments to promote the cognitive, social, and recreational health of students. School Age Community (SAC) programs can also reduce the negative effects many children experience from being in self‐care (i.e., negative peer pressure, loneliness, boredom, fear, accidents, and poor school performance).

SAC Programs are those school‐based programs offering services to all children, including children with disabilities, from ages 5 through 12 (children must be less than 13 years of age), unless targeted students are under supervision of the court in which case the SAC program may serve students to the age of 19. SAC Programs can be provided to children enrolled during non‐school hours, after their daily class sessions or during other non‐school hours (i.e., breaks, holidays, or weekends). Additionally, SAC Programs should meet the needs of working parent(s) during non‐school days.

Minimum Standards

According to the U.S. Department of Education’s publication Working for Children and Families: Safe and Smart Afterschool Programs, there are nine components present in high‐quality afterschool programs. These include:

  • Goal setting, strong management, and sustainability;
  • Quality afterschool staffing;
  • High academic standards;
  • Attention to safety, health, and nutrition issues;
  • Effective partnerships with community‐based organizations, juvenile justice agencies, law enforcement, and youth groups;
  • Strong involvement of families;
  • Enriching learning opportunities;
  • Linkages between school‐day and afterschool personnel; and
  • Evaluation of program progress and effectiveness.

In addition to the aforementioned nine components, the following are specific examples that should be found in a quality afterschool program:

  • 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;
  • Well‐rounded education activities;
  • Literacy education programs, including financial literacy programs and environmental literacy programs;
  • Service‐learning;
  • Youth development activities;
  • Programs that support a healthy and active lifestyle, including nutritional education and regular, structured physical activity programs;
  • Services for individuals with disabilities;
  • Programs that provide after‐school activities for students who are English learners that emphasize language skills and academic achievement;
  • Cultural programs;
  • Telecommunications and technology education programs;
  • Expanded library service hours;
  • Programs that provide assistance to students who have been truant, suspended, or expelled to allow the students to improve their academic achievement;
  • Drug and violence prevention programs and counseling programs;
  • 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; or
  • Career readiness and awareness activities.

DESE will award competitive priority points to applications that:

A) Propose to target services to students who attend schools listed as either comprehensive or targeted schools.

B) Operate SAC program year round, including the summer months, breaks, holidays (except legal holidays), inclement weather, teacher conference, and other days when public schools might not be in session.

C) Include a district (not site) applying for a SAC grant for the first time. First time is defined as no grant awarded to the district beginning with the 2014-5 school year to present.

D) Propose to operate in a school with higher percentages of free and reduced priced meals.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143171

Estimated Size of Grant:

If choosing to apply for one site, the maximum amount of funding that can be requested is $80,000.

If applying for multiple sites, the maximum amount of funding that can be requested is $100,000 (district would need to decide how to split the amount among multiple sites).

Term of Contract:

The Missouri SAC awards shall not exceed three years.

DESE intends to make first year awards through June 30, 2021, with two subsequent one‐year continuation options to successful awardees.

Awards may be renewed pending availability of funds, successful completion of all deliverables/requirements, attendance levels, quality of program and program performance, submission of complete and accurate end‐of‐year reports, submission of an approved continuation form, and any additional information identified by DESE.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only applications submitted by local education agencies (schools/districts) will be considered for SAC grant awards. Local education agencies (LEAs) may submit an application for a SAC Program in which daily program services are administered by a not‐for‐profit organization that is utilizing school facilities, such as the YMCA, YWCA, 4‐H Youth Development, PTA, or other not‐for‐profit organization.

The LEA shall agree and understand that DESE shall have complete and total approval authority of the LEA’s activity plan or any part thereof and shall have expressed right to modify, change, or delete all or any part of the plan at any time.

Applicants are cautioned that their past activities and purchases will be reviewed to assist in the determination of this possible grant award.

Current/Previous Sub-awardees:

Any site receiving 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grant funding for the 2020‐2021 school year is not eligible.

In addition, previously funded awardees must have completed all grant requirements of current or previous grants and resolved all audit findings, if any.

A community-based or faith-based organization may not apply for a SAC grant. A community or faith-based organization may carry out programming via contract, but the school district must be the applicant and as such is responsible for all deliverables set forth in the grant application.

SAC grants shall not budget or receive reimbursement for daily travel.

Pre-Application Information:

The application is due no later than Monday, September 21, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Central Time. The delivered application must be received by the return date and time.

Applicants are encouraged to send an “Intent to Apply” for the School Age Community (SAC) grant competition by Monday, August 17, 2020. This will help 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.

School districts are limited to submission of one application. The one application may request funding for either one site or for multiple sites (more than one site).

This notice is not binding and by submitting an “Intent to Apply” letter, a potential applicant/bidder may, at a later date prior to the deadline, decide not to apply.

Subcontracting Memorandum of Understanding:

If the SAC program will be subcontracting daily program operation to a non‐LEA (i.e., Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA), there must be a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or contract between the non‐LEA and the LEA, signed by both parties which clearly delineates the roles, expectations, timelines, deliverables, and responsibilities of both parties at a minimum. LEAs must bear in mind that they are solely responsible for all grant compliance and requirements.

Contact Information:

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

Applicants are allowed and encouraged to submit the application via email to or placed in the mail by the deadline.

Extended Learning Section
Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102‐0480
Phone: 573-522-2627
Fax: 573-522-3726

Extended Learning Section
Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Ed.
205 Jefferson Street, 7th Floor
Jefferson City, MO 65102‐0480

Questions must be submitted in writing to the Extended Learning Section at

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