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21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Grant

Grants to Vermont LEAs, Municipalities, and Organizations
for K-12 After-School and Summer Programs

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Vermont Agency of Education (VTAOE)

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02/04/20 4:30 PM


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Grants starting at $50,000 per year to Vermont LEAs, community-based organizations, municipalities, and faith-based organizations to support high-quality summer learning and after-school enrichment programs for disadvantaged students. An Intent to Apply is due prior to the application due date.

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. Ooffer 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.

In addition, the 21st CCLC initiative is designed to support attainment of the following overarching long-term goals:

By 2025, the Department expects 100% of Vermont Schools to have:

  1. Average scores in a proficient range for English Language Arts (ELA), Math, and Science.
  2. Average scores in a “healthy zone” for physical education
  3. A 100% 6-year graduation rate
  4. A 100% of English Learners attain English Language Proficiency
  5. 67.5% of students to be Career and College ready

Program Requirements:

Allowable Uses of Funds:

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GrantWatch ID#: 148442

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum 21st CCLC grant award is $50,000 per year.

New Programs: The maximum upper range for a single site grant award is $100,000 - $135,000. If multiple sites are included within a grant application, the maximum upper award range is $80,000 - $105,000 per site.

Term of Contract:

New Programs: Grants will be for five years if annual program objectives are met and all reporting and monitoring requirements are successfully fulfilled.

Existing 21st CCLC programs: 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 reapplying without expansion, new grant awards will be level-funded for five years.

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.

Please consult the latest free and reduced eligibility report to determine 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 Learning Centers. Communities with schools with 40 percent of FRL assistance rates are eligible to apply (including those eligible for Title I Schoolwide Program status).

Eligibility may also be determined through calculation of poverty based on the lunch assistance percentages of feeder schools.

Existing 21st CCLC programs: Grantees are eligible to apply for funding if their existing grant award expires on July 1, 2020.

Pre-proposal Conference:

2019-2020 Applicant team meetings will be held on the days listed below from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Key information will be presented and there will be time after 1:00 PM for team planning and individual assistance.

- Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - CAPS Training Center, 32 College Street, Montpelier, VT

- Thursday, October 15, 2019 - Franklin Conference Center (Howe Center), 1 Scales Avenue, Rutland, VT

Bringing a team to one of these workshops is essential for success. Reserve your team members’ attendance by e-mailing names, affiliations and contact information to Emanuel Betz at least one week prior to the meeting. Space is not guaranteed at each location and confirmations will be sent by email.

Pre-Application Information:

- Grant application released: September 4, 2019
- Applicant workshops: October 9 and 15, 2019
- Intent to Apply due date: November 15, 2019
- Application due date: February 4, 2020 (4:30 PM)
- Awards announced by: April 24, 2020
- Awards begin: July 1, 2020

An electronic copy of the Intent to Apply must be received by Emanuel Betz at the Vermont Agency of Education no later than 4:30 PM on November 15, 2019 for an application to be accepted in the 2019-20 competition.

Any questions about this grant application must be submitted via email to Emanuel Betz by January 27th, 2020. All applicant questions, responses, and resources will be forwarded to potential applicants via a group email list. To be included on this list, send a request via email.

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.

The application will be submitted as part of the Agency of Educations Grants Management System. The completed and signed e-submission must be submitted no later than 4:30 PM on February 4, 2020.

For first-time recipients of 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.

Pending availability of federal funds and program performance, for current 21st CCLC programs excluding expansion, new grant awards will be level-funded for five years at no more than 50% of the total program budget.

Afterschool Wiki maintains regular updates and detailed information about 21st CCLC funded after-school and summer programs:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Emanuel Betz, 21st CCLC State Coordinator
(802) 479-1396

Vermont Agency of Education
Secretary Daniel M. French
219 North Main Street, Suite 402
Barre, VT 05641

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