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Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community learning Centers (21st CCLC) Grant Program for Grades Pre-K to 12

Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits, Schools, LEAs, and Faith-Based
Organizations for Extracurricular Educational Centers

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Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) - Bureau of Health/Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education

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Deadline Date:

07/15/21 5:00 PM


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Grants to Connecticut nonprofit organizations, schools, local education agencies, and faith-based organizations for extracurricular educational centers. The centers are intended to provide a range of services that will support student development and learning and provide a safe environment for students when school is not in session.

The specific purposes of the CCLC program are to:

  • Provide opportunities for academic enrichment, including homework help and tutorial services to students, particularly those who attend schools with a demonstrated need for services, to meet state and local student performance standards in core academic subjects, such as reading, mathematics and science;
  • Offer students a broad array of additional services, programs and activities, such as: youth development activities; drug, violence and pregnancy prevention programs; counseling; project-based learning; art, music, technology education programs; service learning; character education and recreation programs that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students; and
  • Offer families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for literacy and related educational development, such as: adult development activities, family activities, opportunities for governance and leadership involvement and participation in school and program events.

There are two CCLC program options. The application cover sheet must identify one of the following options:

  • Option A: Elementary and/or Middle School; or
  • Option B: High School

For a list of eligible activities, see the following link:

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GrantWatch ID#: 145715

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant funding requests can range from a minimum of $50,000 to a maximum of up to $200,000. The average funding per center ranges from $150,000 to $200,000, serving an average of 150 students and their families. Costs per center may be higher or lower depending on the number of individuals served, the array of activities offered and the availability of additional resources. The initial grant award will be maintained annually in years one, two and three. In year four, the process toward sustainability will commence and the applicant will receive 75 percent of the initial grant award. In year five, the applicant will receive 50 percent of the initial grant award.

Term of Contract:

A CCLC grant cannot exceed five years. Continuation of funding within the five-year grant cycle is contingent upon compliance with state and federal guidelines, including student attendance and data requirements, use of funds and adequate progress towards program goals.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants must serve schools where at least 40 percent of students are eligible to receive free or reduced price meals. If a school’s data have changed due to school closings and/or redistricting, the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) reserves the right to award or deny eligibility. Applicants may submit more than one proposal.

The following entities are eligible applicants:
- All local educational agencies (LEAs), endowed academies, charter and magnet schools;
- Regional Educational Service Centers (RESCs) applying on behalf of LEAs;
- Community-based organizations (CBOs), including faith-based organizations (FBOs) and other public or private organizations in partnership with a local school or school district; and
- A consortium of two or more of the above-mentioned agencies, organizations or entities.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Bidder's Conference: June 8, 2021 10 a.m.

Pre-Application Information:

The online application must be in the LEA Superintendent Approved status by July 15, 2021, at 5 PM.

The CSDE will notify applicants in writing of the acceptance or rejection of their proposals.

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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Phone: 860-807-2103

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