The Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) New Grant Application
The Arizona Department of Education’s Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) office is accountable to the United States Department of Education under Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Title IV, Part B.
Grant application for FY21 Cycle 16 closed on May 1, 2020. We anticipate the FY22 Cycle 17 - 21st CCLC New Application Information to be available January 4, 2021 and to open in the Grants Management System on January 25, 2021.
Any inquiries regarding the application may be sent to the 21st CCLC Inbox at [email protected].
If you are interested in applying, information can be found under “21st CCLC New Grant Application Guidance & Resources” tab below. Funding is based on receipt of federal funds to ADE. If funding is decreased, a proportional decrease will be made to all awardees. All funding is contingent upon receipt of federal funds.
Your efforts in compiling plans for a 21st CCLC application in a future year can provide a strong basis for applying for other funding as well. If you are interested in looking for other funding sources to write for, simply typing in search words like “afterschool funding” “afterschool grants” and the link can lead to funding options that you may wish to pursue.
Thank you for your interest in pursuing 21st CCLC funding.
The ADE 21st CCLC Team
*The Arizona Department of Education is not responsible for controlling or guaranteeing the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information. Further, the inclusion of information or a hyperlink or URL does not reflect the importance of the organization, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed, or products or services offered.
The information below is from the most recent Cycle 16 Application. It may be used for planning purposes. The 21st CCLC New Grant Application Guidance & Resources for Cycle 17 will be posted January 2021.
On March 17, 2020, Forms A-E were updated to allow for Digital Signatures. All Mandatory Forms with original and/or digital signatures must be uploaded to GME as part of the Application.
The 21st CCLC programs must provide safe environments for students during non-school hours. Each grant program must serve students from one school site, where at least 40% of the students attending that school qualify for free/reduced meals; however, services may be offered at the school and at other locations. All centers must provide a range of high-quality services to support student learning and development.
Authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by Every Student Succeeds Act, Title IV, Part B administered by the Arizona Department of Education; the specific purposes of the law 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;
(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, art, 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 children’s education, including opportunities for literacy and related education development.
(4) Grants funded by the 21st CCLC program may supplement, NOT supplant, existing out-of-school funding or programs
* Funding is based on receipt of federal funds to ADE. If funding is decreased, a proportional decrease will be made to all awardees. All funding is contingent upon receipt of federal funds.
January 4, 2021
21st CCLC Grant Application, Guidance & Resources available in Word Document Format on 21st CCLC website. (Writing process may begin.)
January 25, 2021
Grant Application, including Forms A, B, C, D, & E available online in the ADE Grants Management System (GME) accessed via the ADEConnect Portal (Online Submissions may begin.)
March 8, 2021
Grant Application, including Forms A, B, C, D & E are DUE online in Grants Management System (GME) by 11:59 PM
June 21, 2021
Official State Board of Education Approval-formal announcement of Grant Awards
Please note, for an idea of the types of reports that will be required once awarded the 21st CCLC grant, please see the Required Reports on the right-hand side of this page.
ABSOLUTE PRIORITY- Applications proposing services to schools with less than 40 percent low-income students will not be considered.
The term “eligible entity” means a local education agency (LEA), community-based organization, Indian tribe or tribal organization (as such terms are defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Act), another public or private entity, or consortium of 2 or more such agencies, organizations or entities.
Any “eligible entity” which is not a school
must partner with an eligible school to serve the students targeted for assistance, where the school’s LEA is the fiscal agent
if the “eligible entity” which is not a school will be serving as the Lead Fiscal Agent, contact 21ST CCLC at [email protected] prior to March 1, 2020 for further information.
The 21st CCLC award will be for three consecutive years, with applicants receiving 100% funding for each of the first three years of the program if the site demonstrates Substantial Compliance (see the 21st CCLC Guidance Handbook). Substantial Compliance is defined as compliance with the substantial or essential requirements of the 21st CCLC contract that satisfies its purpose or objective.
If the site meets Substantial Compliance during the 3rd year, the applicant will be renewed for 2 additional years (year 4 and 5) at 75% of the original funding. Continued funding in years 4 and 5 is based on demonstrating Substantial Compliance each renewal year.ABSOLUTE PRIORITY- Applications proposing services to schools with less than 40 percent low-income students will not be considered.
Applicants must apply for a minimum of $50,000 or up to a maximum of $120,000 in the first year.
In the event that anticipated federal funding is decreased, a proportional decrease may be made to all awardees. All funding is contingent upon receipt of federal funds.
Please note, geographic equity may be considered when awarding 21st CCLC sites.
For assistance or more information about the 21st CCLC Grant application, please refer to the other tabs on the Application Information website. For any questions remaining after viewing the other tabs, contact the ADE 21st CCLC Staff at (520) 638-4294 or via email at [email protected].
The application for Cycle 16 FY21 Peer Review is now closed. Please continue to visit this section of our website for the most current updates for future competitions. Information regarding the competition for FY22 will be posted in January 2021.
Peer Reviewers will independently evaluate applications on-line during a two-week window. You must have computer and internet access and commit the time to read each of the proposals carefully, make objective and constructive comments and score fairly.
Applicants will be selected for their:
experience and expertise with out-of-school or extended day programs or knowledge of research or practice on this topic;
experience and expertise with or knowledge of research and practice in designing effective academic, enrichment, youth development, and related services to children; implementing, or evaluating interventions for at-risk students from high poverty schools;
experience and expertise with working with communities to forge meaningful partnerships that foster commitment to improving the lives of youth and their families;
relevant experience and expertise in an education-related field;
experience and expertise with conducting evaluations of education programs or community programs for at-risk youth;
experience as a grant reviewer (preferably in education);
The Arizona Department of Education is committed to ensuring a fair, equitable, and transparent grant review process.
** Pursuant to Title IV, Part B of the ESSA, peer reviewers may not include any applicant, or representative of an applicant, that has or will be submitting a proposal in response to the current competition.
The Arizona Department of Education is not responsible for controlling or guaranteeing the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information. Further, the inclusion of information or a hyperlink or URL does not reflect the importance of the organization, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed, or products or services offered.
ADE: Title IV-B 21st CCLC Waiver - Public Comment (09/22/2020)
Given the hybrid approach some local educational agencies (LEAs) are considering in which students are in school part of the week and participating in remote learning during other times, we recognize that students may benefit from dedicated personnel and enhanced technological resources to help them better engage with remote lessons, independent work that is assigned, and other academic enrichment activities during the portion of the week when they are not physically present in school but school is in session remotely for some portion of the day, the U.S. Education Department (ED) is offering flexibility to States regarding the requirement in section 4201(b)(1)(A) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) that a 21st CCLC program operate “during nonschool hours or periods when school is not in session (such as before and after school or during summer recess).”
This flexibility will enable Arizona’s 21st CCLC Title IV-B subgrantees to provide supplemental activities when school is in session but students are not receiving in-person instruction, such as by permitting a teacher to provide additional academic supports during remote learning. All other requirements for a 21st CCLC program continue to apply.
The Arizona Department of Education does intend to apply for this waiver and is providing notice and opportunity for public comment. Comments may be submitted to [email protected]until 09/29/2020