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21st Century Community Learning Centers Program

Grants to New Jersey Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies,
and IHEs to Build Staff Capacity in After-School Programs

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New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) - Office of Student Support Services (OSSS)

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04/25/19 4:00 PM


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Grants to New Jersey nonprofits, for-profits, public agencies, or institutions of higher education for the provision of statewide training and technical assistance in order to enhance the quality of after-school enrichment programs. Funding is intended for the development of high-quality learning centers that have a positive impact on the social and academic skills of the youth who participate in the program. The program aims to supplement the education of students in grades 4-12, who attend schools eligible for Title I school-wide programs or schools where a minimum of 30 percent of students are from low-income families.

To ensure the equitable distribution of funds throughout the State, the NJDOE will first select the highest scoring applicants 70 points or above. The NJDOE will attempt to award at least four awards per region based on highest score, if available:
- Four awards to applicants in the Northern region (Warren, Sussex, Passaic, Morris Essex, Bergen, Hudson)
- Four awards to applicants in the Central region (Hunterdon, Somerset, Union, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth)
- Four awards to applicants in the Southern region (Burlington, Ocean, Camden, Gloucester, Atlantic, Salem, Cumberland, Cape May).

The purpose of the 21st CCLC program is to provide opportunities for communities to establish or expand activities in community learning centers that:
- Increase 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 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
- 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 components of a successful program, see page 8 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents.

Listed below are the considerations that must be taken into account by all applicants when assessing the needs of the nonpublic school students and teachers and when determining, in consultation with the nonpublic school(s), whether those needs fit the applicant’s program design. Consultation generally must include discussion on such issues as:
- Which children would receive benefits under the project and how their needs would be/have been identified;
- What services would be provided;
- How, when, where, and by whom the services would be provided;
- How the services would be assessed and how the results of the assessment would be used to improve those services;
- The amount of funds available for services; and
- How and when decisions about the delivery of services will be made.

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GrantWatch ID#: 168598

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Number of Grants:

Approximate Number of Awards: 8 - 23

Estimated Size of Grant:

In an effort to provide adequate funding for quality programming while promoting prudent operations and expenditures, the NJDOE has established maximum award amounts based on the number of proposed students served:
- 75 - 100 students: $250,000 maximum eligible amount
- 101 - 125 students: $300,000 maximum eligible amount
- 126 - 150 students: $350,000 maximum eligible amount
- 151 - 200 students: $425,000 maximum eligible amount
- 201 - 250 students: $500,000 maximum eligible amount
- 251 - 300 students: $535,000 maximum eligible amount
- 300+ students: $550,000 maximum eligible amount

An agency may request funds in excess of the amounts specified if the agency is serving youth with severe disabilities and documents extraordinary associated costs and may require a lower teacher/pupil ratio because of the nature of the youths’ disabilities. NJDOE reserves the right to reduce the requested amount for any application that does not document this need.

Term of Contract:

Awards will be issued on an annual basis with the NJDOE reviewing program performance (through on-site and desk monitoring); reports; local and state-level evaluations; adequate and efficient use of federal funds; and a continuation application to determine continued program funding. Based on the availability of federal resources, this five-year grant program will begin September 1, 2019 and end August 31, 2024. If approved, continuation applications are required to be submitted annually. The project periods for this grant program are as follows:
- Year 1: September 1, 2019 - August 31, 2020
- Year 2: September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2021
- Year 3: September 1, 2021 – August 31, 2022
- Year 4: September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2023
- Year 5: September 1, 2023 – August 31, 2024

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The 21st CCLC program is a limited, competitive grant program open to all New Jersey public or private agencies; local education agencies (LEAs), which includes charter schools, educational service commissions, jointure commissions, and special services school districts; nonpublic schools; community-based organizations; city or county government agencies; faith-based organizations; institutions of higher education; for-profit agencies;

Indian tribes or tribal organizations; or consortiums of two or more such agencies, organizations, or entities, but limited to those that will serve students in grades three through 12, who primarily attend schools implementing comprehensive or targeted support and improvement activities under section ESSA 1111(d); or other schools determined by the local educational agency to be in need of intervention and support.

Additionally, the program must provide family engagement activities to the families of participating youth. Applicants are required to serve a minimum of 75 students to be eligible for funding. The applicant agency may submit only one application and must remain the lead agency for the duration of the five-year grant program. All applicants must have the chief school administrator sign the Documentation of School Eligibility form (Appendix 1) and submit it with this application. Eligible entities must serve:
- Students who primarily attend schools implementing comprehensive or targeted support and improvement activities (for a list visit; or
- Students attending other schools determined by the LEA to be in need of intervention and support; and
- Families of such students.

Agencies currently receiving 21st CCLC funds in years one to four are ineligible to apply. Grantees in their fifth year are eligible to reapply for funds under this competitive process.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants may attend a technical assistance workshop, which will be held on March 25, 2019, from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. at the New Jersey Department of Education, 200 Riverview Plaza, Learning Resource Center (LRC) in Trenton. Attendance is not mandatory. If attending, registration is required.

Applicants must register online at

Pre-Application Information:

The Application Control Center (ACC) must receive the complete application through the online Electronic Web Enabled Grant (EWEG) system no later than 4:00 PM on Thursday, April 25, 2019.
Applicants are advised to plan appropriately to allow time to address any technical challenges that may occur.

Funding will be issued on a reimbursement basis.

All grant recipients must have a valid DUNS number and must also be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM), the successor to the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database.

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To register with the SAM database, go to

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

Apply online through the Electronic Web Enabled Grant (EWEG) system at:

If there are any workshop registration issues, please contact

Questions regarding access to EWEG may be directed to

New Jersey Department of Education
P.O. Box 500
Trenton, NJ 08625-0500

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