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2020–21 Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Grant

Grants to South Carolina School Districts, Community Organizations,
and Public or Private Entities for Educational Enrichment Programs

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

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Deadline Date:

05/20/20 4:30 PM


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Grants to South Carolina school districts, community organizations, and other public or private entities for out-of-school educational enhancement opportunities. Funding is intended to support a wide range of programs and activities that supplement the regular academic programs of participating students. All student participants are required to be enrolled in all components of the program (i.e., before-school, after-school, summer) and attend regularly.

Eligible activities will:

  • 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;
  • 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
  • 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.

A 21st CCLC can be located in an elementary or secondary school or other similarly accessible facility. Centers provide a range of high-quality services to support student learning and development, including tutoring and mentoring, homework assistance, academic enrichment (such as hands-on science or technology programs), and community service opportunities, as well as music, arts, sports, and cultural activities.

Applicants have the option of providing summer programming for each of the four project years. The purpose of summer programming is to provide additional weeks of academic remediation and acceleration activities, particularly in English language arts (ELA), math, and reading, after the school year ends. The number of students proposed to be served during the summer may be decreased by up to 50 percent of the regular school year enrollment but may not be less than 25 students.

For information about competitive priorities, see Page 6 of the RFP in Supporting Documents, below.

For information about allowable activities, see Page 14 of the RFP in Supporting Documents, below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153655

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Approximately 15–20 subgrants

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Federal law requires that the minimum amount that may be awarded to a subgrantee for any grant year is $50,000. For additional information about available funding, see Page 4 in the RFP in Supporting Documents, below.

Term of Contract:

August 1, 2020, through July 31, 2024 (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 associated with a joint applicant to be considered for funding. A joint applicant is at least two organizations that together submit a single application proposing 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 district, and the other organization must be an entity other than a school or district.

Applicants may propose to serve students who primarily attend:
- Schools implementing comprehensive support and improvement activities (CSI) or targeted support and improvement activities (TSI) and
- Other schools determined by the LEA to be in need of intervention and support.

For information about unallowable activities, see Page 15 of the RFP in Supporting Documents, below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An onsite pre-application technical assistance workshop will be held on March 6, 2020, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the SC State Farmer’s Market, 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia, SC 29172.

A pre-application technical assistance webinar will also be offered via Adobe Connect on March 16, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. 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.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by May 20, 2020, 4:30 PM.

Applicants must have a valid DUNS number and be registered with prior to applying.

- March 6, 2020: Onsite Technical Assistance
- March 16, 2020: Technical Assistance Webinar
- April 20, 2020: Deadline for receipt of applications
- July 2020: Notification of awards
- August 1, 2020: Funding period begins
- September 8, 2020: Deadline for programs to begin
- September 18, 2020: New subgrantee meeting
- October 7, 2020: Deadline to code 21st CCLC students in PowerSchool
- January 15, 2021: Annual Programmatic Performance/Continuation Report Due
- July 31, 2021: Initial funding period ends

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

If you have any questions regarding the deadline or the online submission process, please contact the Grants Program at or (803) 734-5810.

Joyce Patterson

Amy Bosch

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Geographic Focus:

USA: South Carolina

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