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21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) STEAM Proposal (Grades 6-12)

Grants to Mississippi Nonprofits, For-Profits, and
Agencies for Out of School STEAM Activities

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Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) - Office of Federal Programs

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10/24/19 5:00 PM


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Grants starting at $50,000 per year to Mississippi nonprofit organizations, government agencies, for-profits, school districts, charter schools and educational consortia, tribes and tribal organizations, and IHEs for out of school STEAM activities. Priority is given to activities that target students from low-performing schools.

The purpose of this proposal is to provide STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) opportunities for students during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session, such as before and after school or during the summer recess, particularly for students who attend low-performing schools.  21st CCLC programs offer students a broad array of additional services, programs and activities that are designed to complement the regular academic program such as STEAM-related youth development activities, arts, music, environmental literacy programs, and career and technical programs.  21st CCLC programs also offer families opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their child’s education, including opportunities for literacy and related educational development.

Each eligible organization receiving an award will use the funds to carry out a broad array of evidence-based activities that advance student achievement and support student success focusing on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) in grades 6-12 including:

1. Academic enrichment learning programs, mentoring programs, remedial education activities, and tutoring services (including those provided by senior citizen volunteers), that are STEAM-focused and aligned with 

    a. The challenging State academic standards and any local academic standards

    b. Local curricula that are designed to improve student academic achievement

2. Telecommunications and technology education programs

3. Programs that build skills in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM), including computer science and robotics, and that foster innovation in learning by supporting nontraditional education teaching methods

    a. Mathematics, science, computer science, engineering, robotics, and technology

    b. Dance, media arts, visual arts, theatre, and music education activities

4. Programs that partner with in-demand fields of the local workforce or build career competencies and career readiness and ensure that local workforce and career readiness skills are aligned with the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (20 U.S.C. § 2301, et seq.) and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (29 U.S.C. § 3101, et seq.)

5. Expanded learning programs that provide students at least 300 additional program hours before, or after the traditional school day

Funds can be be used for STEAM program implementation, as well as for operating expenses such as:
  • Personnel and personnel benefits
  • Staff development and training
  • Consultants, subcontractors, and evaluators
  • Classroom equipment, materials, and supplies

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187145

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants for single eligible organizations and consortia will range from $50,000 to $250,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

A subgrant award is made available for an approved project period up to three (3) years contingent upon the availability of continued funding, evidence of progress as documented in the annual evaluation report, increased student achievement as documented in the required common data elements, and adherence to the annual Specific Program Assurances (Form 2) on page 64. A subgrantee approved by the SBE may not charge expenses to its 21st CCLC grant before the beginning of the grant period.

21st CCLC 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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any public or private organization is eligible to apply for a 21st CCLC subgrant. Examples of agencies and organizations eligible under the 21st 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
- For-profit corporations

All applicants must have an active DUNS number that is unrestricted and accessible at

Examples of unallowable expenditures
- Preparation of the proposal: Costs to develop, prepare, and/or write the 21st CCLC: 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. Funds can be used only for activities conducted and costs incurred after the start date of the grant.
- Entertainment, refreshments, and snacks: A field trip without the approved academic support will be considered entertainment. End-of-year celebrations or food associated with parties or socials are non-allowable expenditures.
- Unapproved out-of-state or overnight field trips, including retreats and lock-ins
- Incentives (e.g., plaques, trophies, stickers, t-shirts, give-a-ways)
- Advertisements, promotional or marketing items
- Decorative items
- Purchase of facilities or vehicles (e.g., buses, vans, or cars)
- Land acquisition
- Capital improvements, 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
- Dues to organizations, federations or societies for personal benefit
- Any costs not allowable for federal programs per 2 C.F.R. Part 200 which may be accessed at

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) will be hosting an informational webinar session to review the proposal requirements on October 4, 2019 at 10:00 AM.

To register:

The MDE will be hosting a technical assistance workshop to assist potential applicants with furthering their understanding of the program and the proposal process. There is no cost for the workshop; however, registration is recommended. The workshop begins at 10:00 AM on
October 11, 2019 at:
MDE-Central High School Building
4th Floor Board Room
359 N West Street
Jackson, MS 39201

Pre-Application Information:

All entities planning to apply should submit a Notice of Intent to Apply. The Notice of Intent to Apply should be received by the October 13, 2019 deadline. The Notice of Intent to Apply is not required to apply but may be necessary to assist the MDE in planning purposes and preparation for proposal scoring.

The deadline for submitting written questions by email is October 15, 2019, at 5:00 PM. Copies of all questions submitted and responses will be posted to MDE’s website under the Public Notices section and will be available to the general public on October 18, 2019. Answers to written questions will be posted in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document. No individual responses will be sent.

Proposals must be received by 5:00 PM on October 24, 2019.

Notification of awards (contingent on State Board approval) will be made by December 10, 2019.

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Contact Information:

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

A Notice of Intent to Apply can be sent by:
1. Fax: 601-359-2587
2. Email:
3. Mail: Mississippi Department of Education
21st Century Community Learning Centers Program
Office of Federal Programs
PO Box 771
Jackson, MS 39205-0771

Hand Deliver Proposals to:
Monique Corley, Office of Procurement
Mississippi Department of Education
21st Century Community Learning Centers
Central High School Building, Suite 307
359 North West Street
Jackson, MS 39201

Mail or Ship Proposals to:
Monique Corley, Office of Procurement
Mississippi Department of Education
21st Century Community Learning Centers
359 North West Street
Jackson, MS 39201

Written questions concerning the Request for Proposal (RFP) should be emailed to:
Chris Norwood, 21st CCLC Coordinator
Office of Federal Programs
Mississippi Department of Education

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