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Title IV, Part B: 21st CCLC: Elementary and Middle Schools Grant (California)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    California Department of Education (CDE)


    The purpose of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) - Elementary & Middle Schools program is to support the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities 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 educational services to the families of participating children. Programs must operate during every regular school day and may operate during summer, weekends, intercession, or vacation periods.

    There are three program types for which 21st CCLC funding can be used:

    • Before School Programs,
    • After School Programs,
    • Summer/Supplemental Programs (including before school, summer, and after school summer).

    Funding priority shall be given to 21st CCLC applications and/or schools if they meet any of the following criteria:

    1. The application proposes to target services to students who primarily attend schools that:
      1. are implementing comprehensive support and improvement activities or targeted support and improvement activities under Section 1111(d); or
      2. other schools determined by the LEA to be in need of intervention and support to improve student academic achievement and other outcomes, and serve the families of such students.
    2. The application proposes to target services to schools that enroll students who may be at risk for academic failure, dropping out of school, involvement in criminal or delinquent activities, or who lack strong positive role models, and serve families of such students.
    3. The application is jointly submitted by at least one Title I LEA and another eligible entity; or
      1. Demonstrates that the LEA or entity is unable to partner with a community-based organization in reasonable geographic proximity and of sufficient quality (Note: this priority item will be applied to all schools in the application; however, a justification narrative for the inability to partner is required as part of the Funding Priority Certification Form).
    4. Proposing activities at the school that are not accessible to students who would be served or that would expand accessibility to high quality services that may be available in the community.
    5. The applicant will provide year-round expanded learning programming at the school, including programs that complement ASES or 21st CCLC funded programs. Year-round expanded learning programs are defined as any combination of an applicant that provides year-round programming, an applicant that offers summer programming to complement an existing ASES or 21st CCLC after school program, or an applicant that offers an after school program to complement an existing 21st CCLC summer program.
      1. The applicant is not required to be the same entity that operates the existing program, but shall identify the grantee with whom the applicant is coordinating for the purpose of providing year-round programming.
    6. Replacing the schools expiring Cohort 8 21st CCLC grants if the program has satisfactorily met grant requirements.

    History of Funding

    In the most recent funding cycle, FY 201819 (Cohort 11), applicants requested over $95 million in 21st CCLC program funding, and approximately $24 million was awarded. Of the 99 applications submitted, 43 applications were funded. Twenty five percent of the total funds requested were awarded, which indicates the highly competitive nature of the process.

    Additional Information

    Funding priority is determined by individual school site in the following order:
    • School sites with all 6 priority items receive first priority for funding;
    • School sites with 5 priority items receive second priority for funding;
    • School sites with 4 priority items receive third priority for funding;
    • School sites with 3 priority items receive fourth priority for funding;
    • School sites with 2 priority items receive fifth priority for funding;
    • School sites with 1 priority item receives sixth priority for funding; and
    • School sites with 0 priority items receive last priority for funding


    Expanded Learning Division Staff

    Expanded Learning Division Staff
    1430 N Street
    Sacramento, CA 95814-5901
    (916) 319-0923

  • Eligibility Details

    Public or private entities are eligible to apply for 21st CCLC funds (20 U.S. Code [U.S.C.] §7173[a][3]) provided that they propose to serve Title I schools that have schoolwide programs, or a Title I school with at least 40 percent of the students eligible for FRPM and the school is:
    • Either in Program Improvement; or
    • Determined by the LEA to be in need of intervention and support; and
    • All programs must serve the families of students at these schools.
    Examples of entities eligible to apply for 21st CCLC funds include:
    • LEAs, including school districts and COEs, and direct funded charter schools;
    • Private schools, provided that they serve public school students;
    • Nonprofit agencies;
    • Public entities, city and county government agencies, organizations, or other private entities;
    • Institutions of higher education;
    • Native American tribe or tribal organizations;
    • CBOs;
    • For-profit corporations; and
    • Consortia of two or more of the above agencies, organizations, or other entities

    Deadline Details

    Applications must be submitted by November 13, 2018. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Approximately $18,000,000 is anticipated to be available in total funding for FY19-20. Awards will range between $50,000 and $112,500. Applicants awarded a 21st CCLC grant will receive a five-year grant, subject to semiannual attendance and other reporting requirements. Grant awards are contingent upon the availability of 21st CCLC Program federal funds authorized in the California State Budget.

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