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

Grants to South Carolina Organizations, School
Districts, and LEAs for Community Learning Centers

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South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) - Office of Student Intervention Services (OSIS)

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Deadline Date:

05/03/21 4:30 PM Receipt


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Grants to South Carolina community-based organizations, local education agencies and school districts, Tribal organizations, and other private and public entities to support community learning centers. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to applying.

The purpose of the 21st CCLC program is to provide funds 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 technology 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 such centers opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their children’s education, including opportunities for literacy and related educational development.

The SCDE has established five competitive priorities for this funding cycle.

  • Priority 1: South Carolina Priority Schools: Applications that propose to serve students who attend one of the SC Priority Schools. See
  • Priority 2: ESSA Targeted Services Priority: Applications that:   
    • Will serve students, and the families of those students, who primarily attend schools that are implementing comprehensive support and improvement activities (CSI) or targeted support and improvement activities (TSI).
    • Will enroll students who may be at risk for academic failure, dropping out of school, involvement in criminal or delinquent activities, or who lack strong positive role models.
  • Priority 3: Expanding Services Priority: Applications that demonstrate that the activities proposed are not accessible to students who would be served or would expand accessibility to high-quality services that may be available in the community.
  • Priority 4: 15 Hours per Week Operations: Applications that propose a program that will operate a minimum of 15 hours per week, Monday through Friday.
  • Priority 5: Increasing Geographic Equity: Applications that propose to serve an eligible school or schools in a South Carolina public school district/LEA that is not being served with a 21st CCLC subgrant in 2020–21 (see list on page ix in the RFP in Supporting Documents below). 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153655

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Approximately 15–17 subgrants

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award amounts will be determined based on the type of applicant and the number of students to be served.

Term of Contract:

August 1, 2021, through July 31, 2025 (maximum of four years)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizations include local educational agencies (LEAs) (i.e., school districts), community-based organizations, Indian tribe or tribal organization, and other public or private entities. All applicants must meet the criteria of a joint applicant to be considered for funding (see Appendix A. Definitions of Terms Used). A joint applicant is at least two organizations that together submit a single application proposing a project to serve a school in an eligible school attendance area in which not less than 40 percent of the children are from low-income families, or not less than 40 percent of the children enrolled in the school are from such families. At least one of the organizations must be a school or LEA, and the other organization must be an entity other than a school or LEA.

Subgrantees may not use 21st CCLC subgrant funds for any costs that provide for any unauthorized activities described in Section H (see page 13 of the RFP in Supporting Documents below). Subgrantees are not permitted to divest more than 20 percent of the total subgrant award each year to any single vendor.

Subgrantees may not subgrant or pass through to another entity to operate the 21st CCLC project. Any unspent funds remaining at the end of the subgrant period will be retained by the SCDE for reallocation to other subgrantees.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A pre-application technical assistance webinar will be offered via Adobe Connect on March 29, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. See No password is required to join the session. Participants should enter their full names when logging in to the session. Participants will be able to log in 30 minutes prior to the start of the session to test their equipment and download/print handouts. While participation is not mandatory in order to submit an application, it is highly recommended.

Please contact Joyce Patterson or Amy Bosch for a link to the recording.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for Receipt of Applications: May 3, 2021, at 4:30 p.m.

For the Timeline of Subgranting Process, see page ix in the RFP in Supporting Documents below.

All applicants must have a unique entity identifier for federal assistance. Until April 2021, the Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number is a universal identifier for federal financial assistance. Visit the D&B DUNS website at to request a DUNS number. The applicant must include a valid DUNS number in the online subgrant application.

Also, the applicant must be registered in the federal System for Award Management (SAM) prior to submitting an application and maintain their SAM registration throughout the application and award process to comply with 2 CFR Part 25. To register in SAM, the applicant organization must first be registered for a account; see the Help Center at for assistance. Once registered in, the organization can register in using the “Create a User Account” under “Getting Started.” Applicants should contact their finance office if they need assistance with this item. Contact the Federal Service Desk at for assistance.

2021-22 21st CCLC File Folder:

Nita M. Lowery 21st Century Community Learning Centers:

Contact Information:

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

Online Application:

Joyce Patterson

Amy Bosch

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: South Carolina

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