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Grants to Mississippi Nonprofits, Agencies, LEAs, IHEs, and For-Profits to Provide After-School Programs for Children and Youth

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

GrantWatch ID# 182205
Agency: State

Funding Source
Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) - Office of Federal Programs
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Geographic Focus
USA: Mississippi

Important Dates
LOI Date: 03/02/23
Deadline: 03/20/23 2:00 PM CST Save

Grant Description
Grants to Mississippi nonprofit organizations, government agencies, educational consortia, Tribes, LEAs, charter schools, faith and community-based organizations, IHEs, and for-profit corporations to provide after-school programs for children and youth. Applicants must demonstrate extensive knowledge of current instructional strategies and programming methods for elementary and secondary students. Funding is intended for programs and services that support academic achievement, enrichment activities, and youth development, along with family and community engagement.

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), through the Office of Federal Programs, is seeking competitive written proposals from qualified Applicants to provide services implementing the Nita M. Lowery 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Program through grant awards issued by the Mississippi Department of Education. Proposals will be accepted for implementation of effective after-school programs. 

The Program was established by Congress as Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by Every Student Succeeds Act, 2015. The purpose of the program is to provide opportunities for academic enrichment activities during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session, such as before and after school or during summer recess, particularly for students who attend low-performing schools.

The 21st CCLC programs offer students a broad array of additional services, programs and activities that are designed to complement the regular academic program. The 21st CCLC Program’s goals are to:

  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 (SBE Goals 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6);
  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 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; (SBE Goals 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6); and
  3. 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 (SBE Goals 2, 3, and 5).

Applicants receiving an award are responsible for utilizing these funds to carry out activities that advance student achievement and support student success. For Program Activities, please see p. 7 of the RFP listed in Supporting Documents below.

Funds are used for program implementation, as well as for operating expenses such as:

  • Personnel and personnel benefits;
  • Staff development and training;
  • Consultants, subcontractors, and evaluators; and
  • Classroom equipment, materials, and supplies.

Funds may also be used for an expanded learning program that provides students at least 300 additional program hours before or after the traditional school day and/or during the summer. 

For Allowable Expenses, see p. 25 of the RFP.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Any public or private organization is eligible to apply for a 21 st CCLC subgrant. Examples of agencies and organizations eligible under the 21 st CCLC program include, but are not limited to:
- Local school districts, also referred to as local educational agencies (LEAs),
- Charter schools,
- Indian tribe or tribal organizations,
- Educational consortia,
- Non-profit agencies,
- City or county government agencies,
- Faith and community-based organizations,
- Institutions of higher education, and
- For-profit corporations.

Applicants must demonstrate extensive knowledge of current instructional strategies and programming methods for elementary and secondary students (e.g., STEM, early childhood, computer science, robotics, culinary arts, etc.) that support academic achievement, enrichment activities, and youth development, along with family and community engagement.

At the time of award, grant applicants are allowed to operate no more than two 21st CCLC grants during the fiscal year (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023).

Please note that food is not an allowable expense for the 21st CCLC program. Purchasing of vehicles of any kind using 21st CCLC funding is prohibited by the MDE.

For Examples of Unallowable Expenditures, see p. 26 of the RFP listed in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-Application Information
February 16, 2023 RFP Issued
February 16, 2302 - February 23, 2023 Email and Post to MDE Website/Newspaper
February 28, 2023 Pre-Proposal Conference via Microsoft Teams
March 2, 2023 Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply
March 2, 2023 Deadline for submitting questions
March 6, 2023 Questions will be posted to the MDE website
March 20, 2023 Proposals deadline by 2:00 PM CST
March 23-29, 2023 Evaluation of proposals
May 18, 2023 State Board of Education approval
May 18, 2023 Notification of awards and non-awards

A signed proposal packet shall be submitted electronically in a PDF format via RFXS no later than Monday, March 20, 2023, by 2:00 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST). Applicants shall allow at least 72 hours in advance of the due date to consider unforeseen technical issues. Proposals received after the time designated in the solicitation shall be considered late and shall not be considered for an award.

Alternatively, an original signed application packet may instead be shipped/mailed and received in a sealed envelope at the MDE no later than Monday, March 20, 2023, by 2:00 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST).

The deadline for submitting written questions by email is Thursday, March 2, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Times (CST). The answers to the questions will be provided to the general public on Monday, March 6, 2023, on the MDE’s website under the Public Notices Section/Request for Applications, Qualifications, and Proposal. No individual replies will be granted.

For planning purposes, please submit the Notice of Intent Form by 5:00 PM CST Thursday, March 2, 2023. Failure to submit the letter of intent will not disqualify a proposal from consideration. Your intent to propose should indicate your organization’s primary contact, and direct e-mail address. The submission of a Notice of Intent to Propose does not obligate the vendor to submit a proposal.

All Subgrantees must have an active UEI Number, that is unrestricted and accessible at To receive an UEI Number, you must register with the System Award Management (SAM).

A public school or other public or private entity that is awarded a subgrant must provide equitable services to eligible private, non-public school students, their families, their teachers, and other educational personnel. In designing a program that meets this requirement, grant applicant must provide comparable opportunities for the participation of both private and public-school students who reside in the area served by the subgrant.

Please note that grant applicants are permitted to submit no more than two proposals for this competition. Grant applicants are limited to one subgrant award. However, if there is an insufficient number of eligible proposals to allocate the total funding, the MDE may award a second subgrant to the grant applicant.

Estimated Size of Grant
This grant will be awarded in the amount of $50,000-$400,000 per fiscal year/project year for an approved project period up to 4 year(s) contingent availability of funds. Applicants will receive funding up to 100% for the first two (2) years of the program. Subsequently, subgrantees receive 80% of their original funding in year three (3) and 60% in year four (4) pending congressional appropriations. In no event will grant funds be reduced to a level of less than $50,000 pending congressional appropriations.

Term of Contract
A grant agreement will be signed to include a multi-year grant to include the initial year with three (3) additional years, for a total of four (4) years.

Programs must become operational within 30 days of receiving the MDE award notification or within eight (8) weeks from the first day of school, whichever is later.

Contact Information
A Notice of Intent to Propose (not mandatory) should be submitted to

A signed application packet shall be submitted in one of two ways:
- Electronically in a PDF format via RFXS at
- An original signed application packet one copy shall be shipped/mailed and received in a sealed envelope at the MDE:
Mississippi Department of Education
Monique Corley, Director
Office of Procurement
FY23 Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC Program
500 Greymont Avenue
Suite G
Jackson, MS 39202

Mississippi Department of Education
P.O. Box 771
Jackson, MS 39205-0771

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