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Learning in Extended Academic Programs (LEAP)

Grants to Maryland Schools for Out-of-School Enrichment
Programs to Improve Academic Performance

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Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) - Division of Student Support, Academic Enrichment, and Educational Policy - Youth Development Branch

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06/25/21 5:00 PM Eastern Time


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Grants to Maryland public schools for out-of-school time academic enrichment programs. Funding is intended to support activities and instructional programming for K-8 students at low-performing schools to improve academic performance in core academic subject educational activities, language skills, technology, and more.

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) will implement the Learning in Extended Academic Programs (LEAP) grant program to provide extended academic enrichment programming that has a positive measurable impact on or enriches the academic performance and overall well-being of students who are at risk of falling behind academic requirements. 

A great need exists for out-of-school time (OST) programs that provide appropriate academic enrichment programming to assist youth who are at risk of falling behind academic requirements. OST programs keep students safe and assist working families while also improving academic achievement. Students in OST programs are less likely to be involved in crime and more likely to have better grades and behavior than their counterparts who are left with little structured OST activities.

The MSDE developed and administers the LEAP grant program to assist county boards and eligible schools in potential partnerships with other eligible schools and/or nonprofit [501(c)(3)] organizations in the State to expand or create extended day, summer enhancement programs, and weekend educational programs for children in grades Kindergarten through eighth grade. 

The MSDE shall select applications that demonstrate the ability to successfully implement programs that extend or expand academic enrichment programming and meet the established criteria:

  • Extend academic enrichment programming before and after the school day by a minimum of eight hours each full week that school is in session; and/or
  • Expand academic enrichment programming on weekends for a minimum of four hours per weekend; and/or
  • Expand academic enrichment programming during the summer break for a minimum of four hours per day for a minimum of 30 days.

The program must be aligned with the State Education Agency (SEA) Performance Goals which are presented below:

  1. Assist every student to realize his or her potential.
  2. Develop and support a strong accountability system to increase academic success for all students.
  3. Promote a safe, healthy, and orderly environment for teaching and learning.
  4. Ensure educator and administrative effectiveness.
  5. Promote students’ physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being.
  6. Expand high-quality educational opportunities for students and parents.
  7. Work with districts to strengthen infrastructure.
  8. Increase communication and partnerships with stakeholders statewide.

For examples of allowable expenses see page 17 of the RFP in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184264

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Range of Grant Awards:

- Minimum Grant Amount: $100,000 per year
- Maximum Grant Amount: $400,000 per year

Term of Contract:

Program Start Date: Upon receipt of Notice of Grant Award

Length of Grant: July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2024

Summer enhancement programs will execute a pre-implementation planning year during Year 1 (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022) of the three-year grant. Years 2 and 3 (July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2024) require summer enhancement program implementation.

One-hundred percent of year one LEAP funds must be encumbered or expended no later than June 30, 2022 for year one.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The LEAP competition in Maryland is open to public schools in which at least 80% of the students qualify for the free and reduced price meals program. (For a list of eligible schools, see Supporting Documents below.) Eligible schools may (1) coordinate and partner with other eligible county schools to jointly apply; or (2) partner with a non-profit organization.

County boards may apply on behalf of one or more eligible schools in the county.

An eligible school may apply for a grant only if the county superintendent endorses the school’s grant application.

LEAP grant funds awarded to local grantees must be used only to supplement the level of Federal, State, local, and other non-federal funds and not to replace funds that would have been available to conduct activities if LEAP funds had not been available.

Examples of Unallowable Expenditures (not an inclusive list):

- Preparation of the proposal: Costs to develop, prepare, and/or write the LEAP proposal cannot be charged to the grant directly or indirectly by either the agency or contractor;
- Pre-award costs: Pre-award costs may not be charged against the grant;
- Activities conducted and costs incurred before the start date of the grant;
- Entertainment, refreshments, meals, and snacks (ex: End-of-year celebrations or food associated with parties or socials are non-allowable expenditures);
- A field trip without the approved academic support will be considered entertainment;
- Game systems and game cartridges;
- Unapproved out-of-state or overnight field trips, including retreats and lock-ins;
- Incentives (e.g., plaques, trophies, stickers, t-shirts, raffles);
- Advertisements, promotional or marketing items;
- Decorative items;
- Purchase of facilities or vehicles (e.g., Buses, Vans, or Cars);
- Land acquisition;
- Capital improvements or permanent renovations;
- Supplanting federal, state, local funds, or other non-federal funds (e.g., using grant dollars to fund summer school classes previously offered and paid for by currently existing district or other funds) ;
- Direct charges for items or services that the indirect cost rate covers; and
- Dues to organizations, federations or societies for personal benefit.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Pre-Proposal Virtual Conference: Friday, April 30, 2021

Click here to access the Pre-Proposal virtual conference call to begin at 10:00 am:

Log in by using the following details:
- Meeting Number: 185 581 6119
- Passcode: LEAP

Attendance at the pre-proposal conference is encouraged but not mandatory. All interested local school systems’ (LSSs) are encouraged to attend to gain understanding of the scope of work involved.

Pre-Application Information:

All proposals must be electronically submitted in one pdf document by 5:00 PM (Eastern Time) on Friday, June 25, 2021.

Summary of Dates:

- Dissemination: Friday, April 30, 2021
- Pre-Proposal Conference: Friday, April 30, 2021
- Deadline for RFP Questions Submission: Friday, May 14, 2021
- Deadline for RFP Responses to Questions: Friday, May 21, 2021
- Deadline for Application Submission: Friday, June 25, 2021
- Proposal Review Begins: Tuesday, July 6, 2021
- Application Decision: Friday, August 13, 2021
- Program Start Date: Upon receipt of Notice of Grant Award

The Submitted Questions Form must be submitted by email and received no later than Friday, May 14, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. Responses to all substantive and relevant questions will be compiled in writing and posted on the URL for Full Text link below no later than Friday, May 21, 2021. It is the responsibility of all interested parties to go to this website to obtain a copy of the Question and Answer Summary. Only those answers issued in writing on this website will be considered binding. The MSDE reserves the right to answer or not answer any question received.

If the LEAP program is proposed to operate in a Non-LSS facility, the applicant must provide evidence of compliance with federal, state, and local fire, health, zoning codes, and safety standards. Submit a copy of all required licenses and/or certifications for health and safety including a Use and Occupancy (U&O) permit.

The DUNS number which is active in is required for submission. If you do not have an active DUNS number, you may apply for one here:

Contact Information:

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

Submit question forms and proposals to:


Reginald Burke, M.S.
Director, Youth Development Branch
Maryland State Department of Education
200 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-2595
410-767-0313 office
410-333-0880 fax

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