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21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Grant

Grants to Idaho LEAs, CBOs, Tribes, and Agencies
for After-School Enrichment Programs

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Idaho State Department of Education (SDE)

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01/29/21 4:00 PM MT


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Grants to Idaho LEAs, community-based organizations, tribes, public agencies, and private entities to provide educational programming and services to students. A Letter of Intent is required prior to submission of the full application. The purpose of the program is to provide academic enrichment opportunities and a broad array of additional services such as art, music, physical fitness, culture diversity, drug and violence prevention, and youth development activities to students during non-school hours.

The program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, primarily those who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The program helps students meet challenging state academic standards and local academic standards.

The purpose of 21st CCLC is to:

  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;
  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 (ESSA, Sec. 4201(a)).

Grant requirements can be found at

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148436

Estimated Size of Grant:

Minimum Award Amount: applications cannot request a maximum award less than $50,000 per year of grant.

Term of Contract:

July 1, 2021 – Grant Period of Performance begins

At this time, the SDE does not have the capacity to renew a grant application beyond the 5-year grant cycle as outlined in ESSA, Sec. 4205(j).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An eligible entity may include a local educational agency, community-based organization, Indian tribe or tribal organization (as such terms are defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Act (25 U.S.C. 450b)), another public or private entity, or a consortium of 2 or more such agencies, organizations, or entities.

Partnerships are mandatory to be eligible to submit for peer review. In the case of an application where there is no such partnership available within the community, the applicant may submit a Partnership Waiver Form (ESSA, Sec. 4204(i)(2)). All Partnership Waiver Forms must be submitted to the SDE for prior approval. Applicants must demonstrate evidence of exhausting all available organizations within a reasonable geographic proximity.

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Pre-proposal Conference:

Join the Idaho State Department of Education Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers staff in an introduction and walkthrough of the process to apply for a 2021-2022 Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant. All interested applicants are encouraged to attend one of the Request for Application workshops.

- Friday, December 4, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
- Wednesday, December 9, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 929 2233 0159

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Pre-Application Information:

Competitions are made available as federal funding allows. Typically, competitions open in November and close the last Friday of January.

The timeline for the 2021 21st CCLC Grant Application:
- December 4, 2020 - Request for Application Workshops
- December 9, 2020 - Request for Application Workshops
- December 11, 2020 – Letter of Intent to Apply
- December 14, 2020- Application Portal Opens
- January 29, 2021 – Application must be submitted by 4:00 PM (MT)*
- February – March 2020 – Peer Review Process of Applications
- April 2020 – Announcement of Awards

Eligible applicants that intend on submitting an application must submit a Letter of Intent to
Apply to Hillary Blackstone by December 11, 2020. Letters submitted after this date are allowed but may result in delayed access to the online application. After submitting the Letter of Intent to Apply, it may take up to five (5) business days to gain access to the online application portal.

After submitting the letter of intent, the SDE will follow-up within five (5) business days with additional instructions to access the online application.

Eligible applicants are encouraged to match 10% of the total proposed award amount with funds from (1) outside of the applicant organization and (2) may not be derived from other Federal or State funds. Eligible Entities are permitted to provide all or any portion of such match in the form of in-kind contributions. Furthermore, to meet the match requirements, eligible entities may secure match and/or in-kind contributions from more than one entity. All match or in-kind contributions must be substantiated by a MOU or Letter of Commitment.

Contact Information:

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

Send letter of intent to Hillary Blackstone at

Online application:

For questions about the application or filling out the forms, please contact the Idaho 21st CCLC Administrator at

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Idaho

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