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

21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Grant

Idaho State Department of Education (SDE)

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #148436

Grant Description

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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 three-fold:

  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 (ESSA, Sec. 4201(a)(1));
  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 (ESSA, Sec. 4201(a)(2)); 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)(3). 

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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:

Virtual Request for Application (RFA) workshops will be held on Tuesday, November 16 and Friday November 19. Each applicant/organization should attend one RFA workshop.

November 16 workshop: 10:00 AM

November 19 workshop: 1:00 PM

Pre-Application Information:

The timeline for the 2022 21st CCLC Grant Application:
- November 16, 2021 and November 19, 2021 – Request for Application Workshops (Virtual)
- December 8, 2021 – Letter of Intent to Apply
- December 13, 2021- Application Portal Opens
- January 28, 2022 – Application MUST be submitted by 4:00 PM (MT)*
- February – March 2022 – Peer Review Process of Applications
- April 2022 – Announcement of Awards
- July 1, 2022 – Grant Period of Performance begins
- July 2022 – New Grantee / Director’s Meeting

Eligible applicants that intend on applying must submit a Letter of Intent to Apply to Hillary Blackstone by December 8, 2021. Letters submitted after this date are allowed but may result in delayed access to the online application.

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.

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Minimum Award Amount: $75,000
Maximum Award Amount: $175,000

Term of Contract:

July 1, 2022 – Grant Period of Performance begins

Contact Information:

Send letter of intent to Hillary Blackstone at

To Apply Online:

Sheena Strickler
(208) 332-6813

Idaho State Department of Education
650 West State Street
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 332-6800

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