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Grants to Vermont LEAs and Organizations for Summer and After-School Learning Opportunities for Students in Local Communities

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


Agency
State

GrantWatch ID#
148442

Funding Source
Vermont Agency of Education (VTAOE)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Vermont

Important Dates
LOI Date: 11/22/23
Deadline: 02/02/24 4:30 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Vermont local education agencies, CBOs, faith-based organizations, and other entities to provide quality summer and after-school learning opportunities for students from low-income populations. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to applying. Funding is intended to support the establishment and expansion of activities in community learning centers. Funds may be used for student academic enrichment activities, tutorial services, and a wide array of services and activities that enhance student performance and youth development.

The Vermont Agency of Education (VTAOE) invites schools, non-traditional educators, and community-based organizations to apply for the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) partnership grants for the purpose of providing high-quality afterschool and summer learning opportunities for students who attend schools where 40% or more of the students are from low-income families (free/reduced lunch assistance) and/or are eligible for Title 1 Schoolwide Program status, and where the need for improved student performance is well documented.

The 21st CCLC initiative is authorized under Title IV part B of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Competitive grants are awarded to school and community partnerships that show the greatest promise of supporting the following overarching goal adopted by the Vermont State Board of Education: Ensure that Vermont’s public education system operates within the framework of high expectations for every learner and ensure that there is equity in opportunity for all. 

Under ESSA, the law outlines the purpose of the 21st CCLC investments as follows {Section 4201}:

(a) Purpose. The purpose of this part is to provide opportunities for communities to establish or expand activities in community learning centers that—

  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.

For a list of long-term program goals, see https://education.vermont.gov/sites/aoe/files/documents/edu-federal-programs-21cclc-grant-application-2023-24.pdf#page=3

For a list of funding expectations, see https://education.vermont.gov/sites/aoe/files/documents/edu-federal-programs-21cclc-grant-application-2023-24.pdf#page=6

For a list of allowable uses of funds, see https://education.vermont.gov/sites/aoe/files/documents/edu-federal-programs-21cclc-grant-application-2023-24.pdf#page=9



Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants include local educational agencies (LEAs); community based organizations (CBOs); and other public or private entities, including faith-based organizations, or a consortium of two or more agencies, organizations, or entities. Municipalities may also apply. Communities with schools eligible for Title I Schoolwide Program status and/or with 40 percent of FRL assistance rates are eligible to apply. FY ‘23 data, when released, may also be used. To see if a school community is eligible under all indicators go to the quick eligibility tracker: https://www.cognitoforms.com/VermontAgencyOfEducation/NitaMLowey21stCenturyCommunityLearningCentersQuickEligibilityChecker

In addition, you may consult the latest 2023-free-and-reduced-eligibility-report: https://education.vermont.gov/document/2023-free-and-reduced-eligibility-report to view specifics of which schools are eligible to partner with community-based organizations or other public or private entities in applying for funding under Title IV-B, 21st Century Community using this indicator. Eligibility may also be determined through calculation of poverty based on the lunch assistance percentages of feeder schools.

Important Notes:
- Current information may not include LEA data for those with an open CFP application or amendment.
- Eligibility may also be determined by FY '24 data as it becomes available but needs to be verified by AOE if used. If a school is very close to 40%, contact AOE to see if supporting data might be able to impact the determination. Final AOE eligibility verification will be completed as part of the letter of intent review or can be completed prior if needed.

Absolute Priority: The Agency of Education will make awards only to eligible entities that serve students who primarily attend schools that serve a high percentage of students from low-income families; and the families of students served by the 21st CCLC program.

Competitive Priority: The Agency of Education will provide three additional priority points to eligible entities that serve large numbers of youth in middle or high school sites that receive at least 85 points in this competition.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Virtual applicant trainings for teams will be held on October 11 (Part 1) and November 9, 2023 (Part 2) from 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Sign up individuals to the 21C Applicant Mailing List in order to receive all information related to this competition as well as to reserve your team members’ attendance to trainings.

These sessions will be recorded.

Pre-Application Information
Timeline:
- Paper Application Released September 13, 2023 AOE Weekly Memo
- GMS Application Release September 29, 2023
- Applicant Training-Part 1 The Basics October 11, 2023 9:00-11:30 AM
- Applicant Training-Part 2 The Details November 9, 2023 9:00-11:30 AM
- Individual Applicant Team meetings November-December
- E-Intent to Apply due date November 22, 2023
- Application due date February 2, 2024 (4:30 PM)
- Awards announced by April 19, 2023
- Awards begin July 1, 2024

For general questions about the grant application, submit them via email to Emanuel Betz by January 19th, 2023. All applicant questions, responses, and resources will be forwarded to potential applicants via the applicant mailing list on an on-going basis.

It is strongly recommended to visit an existing 21st CCLC funded program in Vermont. The state coordinator can assist in connecting existing programs to applicants.

In addition, prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to review the websites listed on the application when considering whether or not to pursue a 21st CCLC investment: https://education.vermont.gov/sites/aoe/files/documents/edu-federal-programs-21cclc-grant-application-2023-24.pdf#page=11

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant
The minimum annual 21st CCLC grant award allowed per federal statute is $50,000 per year.

New Programs: The maximum award for a single site grant award is $140,000. If multiple sites are included within a grant application, the maximum upper award range is $90,000- $115,000 per site.

Term of Contract
Awards begin July 1, 2024.

New Programs: Grants will be for five years assuming annual program objectives are met, and all reporting and monitoring requirements are successfully fulfilled. For a 21st CCLC grant, pending availability of federal funds and program performance, grant awards are funded up to 100% of the total budget for the first three years of funding. In year four, programs must show a sustainability base and the applicant will receive 75% of the initial grant award. In year five, the applicant will receive 65% of the initial grant award.

Existing 21st CCLC programs: Grantees are eligible to apply if their existing grant award expires on July 1, 2023. Current grantees are expected to demonstrate a high level of performance and sustainability in order to receive additional funding under this competition. Pending availability of federal funds and program performance, for current 21st CCLC programs excluding new expansion components, new grant awards will be level funded for five years at no more than 50% of the total program budget.

As part of this competition, current grantees whose awards end on July 1, 2024 may choose renewability if they receive a high rating (minimum 85% meet or exceed rate) using the available objective metrics of the 21C statewide evaluation plan as determined by AOE.

Contact Information
Intent to Apply Online Form: https://www.cognitoforms.com/VermontAgencyOfEducation/_21stCCLCApplicationAppendixHIntentToApplyForm

Apply online: https://vtaoe.mtwgms.org/VermontGMSWeb/logon.aspx

To get on the applicant mailing list and to register for trainings please complete a Competition Contact Form: https://www.cognitoforms.com/VermontAgencyOfEducation/NitaMLowey21stCommunityLearningCentersCompetitionContactForm

For more information, contact Emanuel Betz, 21C State Coordinator, at Emanuel.Betz@vermont.gov or 802-881-4426.

Vermont Agency of Education
1 National Life Drive, Davis 5
Montpelier, VT 05620-2501
Phone: (802) 828-1130 | Fax: (802) 828-6430
aoe.edinfo@vermont.gov

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