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

Grants to Arkansas Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, LEAS, IHEs,
CBOs, and FBOs to Support Student Achievement and Success

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Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) - Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

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05/01/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to Arkansas nonprofit organizations, for-profit corporations, agencies, LEAs, IHEs, education consortia, and community-based, faith-based, and tribal organizations to support student achievement and access. Applicants must submit an Intent to Apply prior to submitting a full application. The primary purpose of 21st CCLC programs is to provide academic support and enrichment for students attending high poverty and low achieving schools.

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment 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 a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.

The 21st CCLC program is designed to establish or expand community learning centers that:

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;

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; and

3. Offer families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their student’s education, including opportunities for literacy and related educational development.

For authorized activities for community learning centers, see

For allowable expenditures, see

For program goals, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183531

Estimated Size of Grant:

A 21st CCLC grant may not be made in an amount that is less than $50,000. The DESE will award competitive grants at a minimum of $50,000 to $150,000 per applicant.

Term of Contract:

The DESE will award competitive grants that are renewable annually for up to five consecutive years dependent upon an annual review of performance.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Entities eligible to receive 21st CCLC program funds include, but are not limited to:
• Local Educational Agencies (LEA) that are not virtual schools or academies;
• Indian Tribe or tribal organizations;
• Educational consortia;
• Non-Profit agencies;
• City or county government agencies;
• Community based organizations (CBO) and faith-based organizations (FBO);
• Institutions of higher education; and
• For-profit corporations.

Eligible applicants will serve students who attend school sites that are eligible for designation as a Title I schoolwide program. Title I schoolwide programs are K-12 schools in which 40 percent or more of the students qualify to receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program.

For eligibility information for faith-based organizations and previously funded applicants, see

For unallowable expenditures, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

Zoom technical support trainings will be provided on the grant guidance on the following dates:

- Friday, March 12, 2021 at 1:00pm - 3:00pm
- Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 11:00am - 1:00pm
- Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Registration is not required. Please use the following link to access the trainings:

Pre-Application Information:

Each applicant must submit an Intent To Apply in by April 15, 2021, to continue the application process.

Grant applications must be submitted within by May 1st at 11:59 p.m.

All applicants must have both a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and a valid Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) registered in the System for Award Management (SAM), the U.S. Federal Government’s primary registrant database.

A program site location can only be served by one grant award. However, one grant can serve multiple site locations if included in the grant application and the same services and program times are offered at all site locations. A subgrantee organization can receive a maximum of two (2) new grants per school year.

Program expenditures will be reimbursed rather than forward funded. Applicants must have sufficient funds from which to spend and sustain services until the claim for reimbursement can be submitted, processed, approved, and reimbursed.

2021-2022 21st CCLC Grant Application:
Submittable Application Video Tutorial:

Contact Information:

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

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For assistance with matters concerning the 21st CCLC grant program, please contact:

Wendy Wilson, Program Director

Beverly Jones, Administrative Assistant

James Graham, Fiscal Support Supervisor

Michael Vincen,t Technical Program Advisor

Rebekah West, Program Quality Support Advisor

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