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


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Funding Source
Ohio Department of Education
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Geographic Focus
USA: Ohio

Important Dates
Deadline: 04/07/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Ohio government agencies, community-based and faith-based organizations, IHEs, LEAs, and for-profits for educational enrichment programs. Funding is intended to support programs taking place outside of school hours that serve underprivileged students in low-performance elementary, middle, and high schools. The purpose of the program is to help students meet state and local academic standards, enhance youth development, and provide families of participating children with literacy and other educational services.

The Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) application is designed to provide funding to out-of-school and expanded learning time programs in Ohio. This funding supports the creation of programs that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students positive youth development through Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), mental health programming, and prevention education activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children. Activities funded by these grants should be part of a broader continuous improvement plan.

All 21st CCLC programs shall include summer programming in their application making their program a year-round expanded learning opportunity. Summer learning programs shall address both the academic and the positive youth development of students as outlined in the grant focus. 

The purposes of the 21st CCLC program are to:

  • Provide opportunities for academic enrichment to assist students in meeting the state academic standards;
  • Offer students positive youth development through PBIS, social-emotional learning practices, prevention education programs, mental health programming, civic engagement, nutritional and physical health; and
  • Offer adult family members of program participants opportunities for educational development and engagement in their children’s education. 

The selected population of students to serve should include those who are economically disadvantaged, receiving special education services, English learners, academically at-risk and/or who could benefit from the supports provided during the additional learning time. 

Grant Options:

Applicants will implement 21st CCLC programming using one of the following options:

  • Option 1: Expanded Learning Time (ELT) - Available to elementary (preschool – fifth grade), middle and high school students 
  • Option 2: Out-of-school Time - Elementary school students 
  • Option 3: Out-of-school Time - Middle and high school students

For more information on grant options, see


Grant funds primarily serve students attending schools that are implementing comprehensive support and improvement activities or targeted support (per Title I designation). Priority will be given to those applications that seek to serve students where programming is not accessible or to expand access to high-quality services that may be available in the community. Grant funding also may serve students who attend schools that have been identified by the school district and/or the Department for needing intervention and support. Ohio’s 21st CCLC program primarily must target students who are enrolled in Title I schoolwide buildings. 

An additional priority considered focuses on geographic distribution to ensure, to the extent possible, an even and fair distribution throughout the state. Ohio will reserve, at minimum, one-third of its Fiscal Year 2024 funding for small town and rural programming. 

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Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants may be local education agencies (LEA) and community-based organizations. These may include faith-based organizations, institutions of higher education, city or county government agencies, for-profit corporations and other public or private entities. A community-based organization is defined as a public or private for-profit or nonprofit organization that is representative of the community and has demonstrated experience or promise of success in providing educational and related activities that complement and enhance the academic performance, achievement, and positive youth development of students.

Federal law and U.S. Department of Education nonregulatory guidance requires partnerships between an LEA and at least one community-based organization. Due to the legal obligation to maintain confidentiality of student data, the Department encourages LEAs to enter into data sharing agreements with their community partners or to gather the achievement data necessary to evaluate student status and progress. The LEA also should accept responsibility for sharing the content areas of the testing standards and supporting curriculum with its partners.

Awards shall only be provided to applicants primarily serving students who attend schools with a high concentration of low-income students and families. For the purpose of this application, a school with a high concentration of low-income students and families is defined as a school with a poverty percentage (the percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals) of 40 percent or greater or a school that has received designation under the community eligibility provision, as determined by school enrollment or the participating attendance area.

Pre-Proposal Conference
New Applicant CCIP Navigation Training sessions:
- March 24, 2023, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
- April 6, 2023, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

To register:

Pre-Application Information
- March 6, 2023 CCIP opens for 21st CCLC applications.
- April 7, 2023 CCIP closes at 5 p.m.
- April/May 2023 Application grant reader training for qualified grant readers; Assignment of applications to qualified grant readers; 21st CCLC grant applications read and scored.
- July 2023 Grant notifications sent via the CCIP.

The organization applying for a 21st CCLC grant must have an Employer Identification Number (EIN), a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number, and an Information Retrieval Number (IRN).

Applicants may submit no more than three applications (in any combination of the three options). In
addition, each grant awarded may support no more than three sites. Each site must focus on one of the three grant options.

For further information about Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers:

Recording of FY24 21st Century Century Learning Center Bidder Conference, Community School Session - 2/22/23:

Estimated Size of Grant
Applicants shall not request more than $200,000 per grant option for years 1-3. In year 4, applicants shall receive no more than $150,000 and in year 5, no more than $100,000. Per federal requirements, the minimum grant award amount is $50,000.

Term of Contract
Programs will be funded on a five-year grant cycle. Applicants can apply for no more than three grants per fiscal year. An applicant may choose to apply for any of the grant options, however, no more than three will be accepted by the Department.

The Department requires that all subrecipients will commence programming on or before Oct. 16, 2023 and end no earlier than April 12, 2024.

Contact Information
To apply online:

Shannon Teague, Assistant Director
(614) 466-2517

Stacey Brinkley, Grants Manager
(614) 752-1368

Nina Pace, 21st CCLC Financial Program Manager
(614) 387-0344

Charlotte Jones-Ward, 21st CCLC Education Program Specialist
(614) 466-8920

Charmaine Davis-Bey, 21st CCLC Education Program Specialist
(614) 387-0460

Tabitha Palmer, 21st CCLC Data Coordinator
(614) 387-0545

Ohio Department of Education

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