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

Grants to Nebraska Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies,
IHEs, and Schools for Out-of-School Enrichment

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02/01/18 Postmarked


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Grants starting at $50,000 per year to Nebraska nonprofits, for-profits, schools, government agencies, IHEs, LEAs, faith-based organizations, and community-based organizations to provide out-of-school enrichment programming. Applicants must submit an Intent to Apply by December 1.

This federally-funded competitive grant program supports the continuation of quality community learning centers offering expanded learning opportunities in out-of-school time. The goals for the centers are to 1) improve overall student success and learning performance in one or more academic areas, through academic support and enrichment activities, 2) increase student social benefits and positive behavioral changes, and 3) increase active and meaningful family and community engagement in supporting students’ education.

There are two types of priorities for the 21st CCLC grant competition: absolute and competitive. The absolute priority is a requirement, and any application not meeting the absolute priority will not be considered for funding. Priority points are awarded for each competitive funding priority that is met.

Absolute Priority:

Poverty: Proposals must target students and family members of those students who attend schools that were eligible for 2016-17 Title I schoolwide programs or that in 2016-17 served a high percentage of students from low-income families (at least 40.00% of the students qualified to receive free or reduced-cost meals). For proposals involving more than one school building, all of the school buildings to be served must have had a 2016-17 Title I schoolwide program or at least 40.00% of the students from each participating building must have qualified to receive free or reduced-cost meals in 2016-17. NOTE: If an applicant or consortium does not meet the absolute priority, the application will not be considered for funding.

Competitive Priorities:

1) The program will target students who attend school buildings receiving a classification of “Needs Improvement” on the AQuESTT Classification Report (ACR) released in December, 2015.

2) The application was submitted jointly by at least one school building benefiting from 2016-17 Title 1, Part A funds and at least one public or private community-based organization (CBO). NOTE: Applicants that are unable to partner with a CBO within reasonable geographic proximity and of sufficient quality should request a waiver of this requirement in Section “8-A.”

3) The program will target students who attend schools that have a mobility rate above the 2016-17 statewide average as reported in the 2016-17 Nebraska Education Profile released in late October, 2017.

4) The program will target students who attend schools that have a poverty rate (60.00% or more of the building students qualified to receive free or reduced-cost meals) in 2016-17.

5) The program will target students who attend schools that have a poverty rate (80.00% or more of the building students qualified to receive free or reduced-cost meals) in 2016-17.

6) The program will target students who attend schools that have a percentage of English Learner (EL) students above the 2016-17 statewide average as reported in the 2016-17 Nebraska Education Profile released in late October, 2017.

Measures of Effectiveness:

Proposed projects must assure they meet the Measures of Effectiveness described in Title IV, Part B, Section 4205 of ESSA. According to this statute, programs/activities must:
-Be based on an assessment of objective data regarding the need for afterschool programs (including summer programs) and activities in schools and communities;
-Be based on an established set of performance measures aimed at ensuring high-quality academic enrichment opportunities;
-If appropriate, be based on evidence-based research that provides evidence that the program or activity will help students meet the state academic achievement standards;
-Ensure that measures of student success align with the regular academic program of the school and the academic needs of participating students and include performance indicators and measures; and
-Collect the data necessary for the measures of student success.

Characteristics of Quality Out-of-School Time Programs:

The Nebraska State Board of Education adopted a policy for Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) on September 6, 2013. This policy identifies the principles of a quality ELO program that should provide multiple opportunities for healthy growth, development and academic success during times when students are not in school. Principles of a quality expanded learning program include the following:

-School-community partnerships and resource sharing
-Engaged learning
-Family engagement
-Intentional programming aligned with the school day program
-Diverse, prepared staff including certificated educators
-Participation and access
-Safety, health, and wellness
-Ongoing assessment and improvement

Basic Program Design:

The following basic design should be considered in the proposed project.

Program quality: Applicants may review the position statement for Expanded Learning Opportunities adopted by the Nebraska State Board of Education on the 21st CCLC homepage. Applicants may also review the Nebraska Quality Out-of-School-Time Program Self- Assessment Rating Tool (NEQOST-PSART (K-12), which is currently used annually to assess the quality of each program. These domains suggest the areas for continuous program improvement expected of all grantees.

Service Options - services may be offered:
-Afterschool (2.5- 4 hours per day, beginning when school dismisses),
-Weekdays during the typical school year when school is not in session or afterschool, beginning after early dismissal (at least 4 hours per day), and
-Summer break (at least 4 hours per day).

Services may also be offered on holidays and on weekends if sites are open at least four hours per day. If the minimum hours of operation are not feasible due to extenuating circumstances (i.e., school late dismissal) a waiver may be requested in Section “8-A.” However, sites are required to open a minimum of 4 days per week during a typical school week and offer at least 12 hours of programming per week.

Meals/snacks: Centers must participate in the USDA National School Breakfast/Lunch Program (including meal supplements) and offer a daily, nutritious meal or snack that meets the program’s requirements based on their hours of operation. Meal/snack requirements are as follows:
-Afterschool (daily, nutritious snack), and
-Non-school days (daily nutritious breakfast, lunch and/or snack, dependent on hours of operation).

Student Attendance: Elementary students should be encouraged to attend every day and middle school/high school students attend at least three days per week of a five-day program, in order to maximize the impact of the program on student achievement and behavior. However, programs are encouraged to accommodate family’s established activities such as music, dance, athletic events or medical appointments. A student may be counted as in attendance if they are present for at least one hour of the day’s programming, excluding snack/meal time. A regular attendee is defined as a student who has attended 30 days or more during the school year program or 16.6% of the number of full days during the school year or summer break.

Nonpublic School Participation: Public school districts submitting an application must have a meaningful discussion with an authorized representative or designee of each nonpublic school geographically located within each public school building attendance area to document that the nonpublic school was consulted regarding potential participation in the grant activities. Participating public and nonpublic schools must then reach an agreement about what “equitable participation” means. Following the consultation, it is the responsibility of the public school district to complete a Nonpublic School Participation Form (NDE 34-014) for each nonpublic school (or group of schools represented by their designee) and attach the completed form(s) in the grant application. A list of Nebraska public schools and the nonpublic schools that each must consult is available on the Federal Programs website.

Site-level Shared Decisionmaking Body (e.g., management team): It is required that grantees establish a site level shared decision-making body that must include the building principal, site coordinator, at least one partner, and local evaluation support (either an external evaluation professional or internal staff). This group may also include other stakeholders such as teachers, parents, community-based and faith-based organizations, and businesses in the site service area. This group should conduct regular meetings (best practice would recommend at least 8 times per year).

Evaluation Requirements: In year one, the statewide evaluation team provides technical assistance to facilitate administration of the self-assessment, and supervises the administration and collection of surveys. In addition, in year 1, projects must designate a qualified external continuous improvement process (CIP) facilitator. In years two through five, the grantee may designate external or internal staff to facilitate the self-assessment, participate in local data reviews with the management team and assist in the continuous improvement process.

Licensure (applicable if charging a fee): Nebraska law requires any individual or program serving four or more children at any one time, from families other than their own, for compensation, and on a regular basis, to be licensed by Nebraska Health and Human Services System (DHSS). Licensure is also required for community learning centers to access HHS Child Care Subsidy (Title XX). Nebraska child care licensure requirements are listed in Title 391, Nebraska Administrative Code Chapters 1-9.

Safety: Program sites are expected to comply or be compatible with the school safety policies and procedures of the public school district that encompasses the school building populations to be served. This includes safety plans and preparedness, emergency policy implementation for health and safety, as well as behavior/discipline codes. Whether licensed or not, all sites grades K-12 are expected to meet or exceed the safety elements of the Nebraska School-Age Only Licensing Requirements.

Allowable Activities:

Students must be provided with academic enrichment and expanded learning opportunities that are high quality, based on proven methods, if appropriate, and designed to complement the students’ regular academic program. An array of authorized activities are allowable that advance student academic achievement and support student success, including:

-Academic enrichment learning programs, mentoring programs, remedial education activities, and tutoring services;
-Well-rounded education activities;
-Literacy education programs, including financial literacy programs and environmental literacy programs;
-Programs that support a healthy and active lifestyle, including nutritional education and regular, structured physical activity programs;
-Services for individuals with disabilities;
-Programs that provide afterschool activities for limited English proficient students that emphasize language skills and academic achievement;
-Cultural programs;
-Telecommunications and technology education programs;
-Expanded library service hours;
-Parenting skills programs that promote parental involvement and family literacy
-Programs that provide assistance to students who have been truant, suspended, or
expelled, to allow the students to improve their academic achievement;
-Drug and violence prevention programs;
-Programs that build skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, including computer science; and
-Programs that partner with in-demand fields of the local workforce or build career competencies and career readiness.

Academic Achievement: While academic services in specific subject areas are not required, applicants must: 1) describe how the project activities are expected to improve student learning by providing student-centered, hands on experiences, 2) demonstrate that the eligible entity has experience, or promise of success, in providing educational and related activities that will complement and enhance the academic performance, achievement, and positive youth development of the students, 3) address how the project aligns with the school district learning objectives and behavioral codes and 4) describe how the project will allow students opportunities for program planning and selection of activities.

Pre-kindergarten: Services for pre-kindergartners are limited to enrolled kindergartners during the summer months immediately preceding the child’s entry into kindergarten.

Summer School: Grant funds may be used to provide summer school programming for the target population in conjunction with other allowable activities. 21st CCLC grant funds may not be used to fund summer school classes during the summer recess period.

Literacy Services: Grantees must offer opportunities for literacy services to family members of students being served if there is an identified need in the community and if there are no other avenues for filling that need through coordination with other state and federal programs
(e.g., Even Start, Healthy Start).

Types of Grants:

Two types of 21st CCLC grants are available—(1) First-Time Grants for applicants proposing to serve eligible school building populations that have never been served by a 21st CCLC grant, and (2) Continuation Grants for applicants that have successfully implemented 21st CCLC programming for five years proposing to continue to provide a quality 21st CCLC program to those same eligible school building populations.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176966

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Minimum grant awards are $50,000 per project, per year.

Successful first-time grantees will have a five-year grant period, with a reduction in grant funding the last two years of the grant. The project will be 100% grant-funded in years 1-3, 80% grant-funded in year 4, and 60% grant-funded in year 5, contingent upon the satisfactory attainment of continuation funding requirements.

Continuation grants will have a five-year grant period with level funding all five years, contingent upon the satisfactory attainment of continuation funding requirements.

Term of Contract:

First-Time Grants are projected to begin on April 6, 2018. First-Time Grants are awarded with a five-year grant period

Continuation Grant projects begin after the expenditure of all year 5 or year 10 grant funds and years 1-5 or 6-10 program income, but no earlier than July 1, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Public and private organizations are eligible to apply for a 2018 21st CCLC grant.

Examples of eligible agencies and organizations include, but are not limited to: public school districts and private schools (LEAs), community-based organizations (CBOs), nonprofit agencies, city or county government agencies, faith-based organizations (FBOs), institutions of higher education, and for-profit corporations.

A consortium of two or more such agencies, organizations, or entities is also eligible. It is required that eligible organizations collaborate with schools when applying for funds.

Co-applicants/consortium: A co-applicant is defined as any group or organization receiving services from, or providing $1,000 or more per year in services/resources to, the proposed project. A consortium is defined as more than one agency/organization cooperating to provide or receive services, regardless of the dollar amount. A consortium must designate one agency/ organization to be the lead agency to represent the entire group.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are requested to submit an “Intent to Apply” notification no later than Friday, December 1, 2017 so that NDE may adequately prepare for the grant review. Intent to Apply respondents who later decide not to apply are not required to submit an application, and applicants who do not submit an “Intent to Apply” notification will not be disqualified.

The postmark deadline for the Nebraska 21st CCLC 2017 grant competition is Thursday, February 1, 2018. The application must be postmarked by a U.S. Post Office, personally delivered, or submitted to a delivery agent for delivery on or before February 1, 2018.

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Required Tables and Forms:

Contact Information:

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

Jan Handa, Coordinator
(402) 471-0876

Kim Larson, Professional Development
(402) 471-4824

21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Program
Nebraska Department of Education
301 Centennial Mall South
P.O. Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987

Fax: (402) 742-2371

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