21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Grant Program
(Federally funded through NCLB Title IVB - Fund Code 647)
Funding Opportunities - FY15 (September 2014 - August 2015)
The following FY15 grant opportunities are intended to support multiple options for applicants to provide additional learning opportunities for students; most are awarded with 21st CCLC federal funds, a few are not. Information about FY16 grant opportunities will be posted to the 21st CCLC site as it becomes available, later in the year. Potential applicants considering options for additional time in FY16 can consult the current year's FY15 RFPs below to guide initial planning, as well as the following documents: Elements of Content-Rich 21st CCLC Programming; and ELT Expectations for Implementation .
FY15 opportunities include the following:
Fund Code (FC) 21st CCLC 647-B1 - for New ELT and OST Sites (Competitive Grants)
- Grant Program Purpose: To support the planning and implementation of additional time for learning for students in grades K12. These opportunities help to close proficiency gaps, increase student engagement, and support college and career readiness and success. Funded activities take place during a longer school day (referred to as Expanded Learning Time or ELT) or during out-of-school time (OST). See RFP for more details.
- Eligible Applicants: School districts, cities and towns, community-based organizations (CBOs), other public or private entities, or a consortium of two or more of such agencies, organizations, or entities. Eligible applicants must also primarily serve students in schools designated as Title I School-Wide programs; and/or demonstrate that the applicant serves students in schools with 20% or more low-income families as indicated on the Department's School and District profiles page or through another documented source. See RFP for more details.
- Eligibility Amounts: For ELT: Up to $500 per pupil, based on the enrollment at the proposed school(s), for up to two schools, with a plan to support other anticipated costs associated with implementing ELT. For OST: up to $175,000 for one school/site. Per federal requirements, the minimum grant award amount is $50,000. See RFP for more details.
- RFP Application and Due Date: FY15 FC 647B1 RFP applications were due April 29, 2014 (with Intents to Apply due April 14). See RFP for more details.
- Information Sessions: An in-person session was held on April 1, 2014 in Boylston. Additionally, approximately 15 webinars were held between mid-March and the end of April, to present information and respond to questions.
FC 21st CCLC 647-A/245-A (Continuation Grants)
- Grant Program Purpose: To support the implementation of additional time for learning for students in grades K12. These opportunities will help to close proficiency gaps, increase student engagement, and support college and career readiness and success. Activities will take place during a longer school day (referred to as Expanded Learning Time or ELT) or during out-of-school time (OST), according to the original award specifications.
- Eligible Applicants: The following grantees are eligible for FY15 FC 647-A funds: sites awarded FY13 FC 647-B1 or FY14 FC 647-B1B OST grants or FY14 FC 647-B1A ELT grants. The following grantees are eligible for FY15 FC 245-A enhancement grant sites (supported with federal special education funding): sites that received FY13 FC 245-B or FY14 FC 245-B grants, that are also still eligible for FY15 FC 647-A funds (i.e., have not completed their 21st CCLC funding cycle).
- Eligibility Amounts: FY15 FC 647-A/245-A Maximum Eligibility Amounts .
- RFP Application and Due Date: FY15 FC 647A-245A RFP applications are due July 25, 2014 for a portion of the proposal, and September 19, 2014 (or at least two weeks prior to program start dates) for the remainder of the proposal. See RFP for details.
FC 647-B2 21st CCLC Exemplary Programs Grant (Competitive)
- Grant Program Purpose: To enhance and expand the mentoring capacity of high quality 21st Century Community Learning Centers that serve as models and resources for other programs across the Commonwealth.
- Eligible Applicants: FC 647-B1 FY11-FY14 Round 1 and Round 2 grantees and FY12-FY14 FC 647-B2 grantees, that have met all grant requirements. Applicants must propose to serve sites (or a subset of these) that were funded through the grant awards that make them eligible for this FY15 FC 647-B2 grant.
- Eligibility Amounts: Entities applying for Exemplary status were be eligible to apply for up to 75% of their FY11 FC 647-B1 Round 1 and Round 2 amounts; and that entities applying for Demonstration status were eligible to apply for up to 100% of their FY12 FC 647-B2 amounts. The minimum grant award was $50,000 per federal requirements. See RFP for a list of eligible entities and maximum request amounts.
- RFP Application and Due Date: FY15 FC 647-B2 RFP applications were due June 26, 2014.
- Information Session: Thursday, May 22, 2014 - held in conjunction with the year-end 21st CCLC Coordinators Meeting.
FC 245 Enhanced Programs for Students with Disabilities (245-A Continuation & 245-B Non-Competitive New Grants)
- Eligible Applicants:
245-A Continuation Grants: For information on 245-A continuation grants, see number 1 above, under Fund Code (FC) 21st CCLC 647-A/245-A (Continuation Grants).
245-B Non-Competitive New Grants: 21st CCLC grantees are eligible to apply for these funds (supported with federal special education funding) to enhance sites that are funded through FY15 FC 647-A or FY15 FC 647-B2 grants. Please note the following exceptions: 21st CCLC sites are not eligible to apply they are funded through FY15 FC 245-A.
- Grant Program Purpose: To enhance the capacity of current 21st CCLC programs to include students on an Individual Education Plan (IEP) into an array of activities designed to complement their school-day programs, advance student achievement, and provide opportunities for socializing and participating with peers without disabilities.
- RFP Application and Due Date: FY15 FC 245-B Funding Opportunity applications were accepted on a rolling basis up to Friday, December 5, 2014. Proposals will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. Proposals will be awarded funding if all requirements are met and until all available funds are awarded. Note that all available funds have been awarded.
FC 647-B-4 Summer Enhancement Grant - for Summer 2015 (Non-Competitive)
- Eligible Applicants: Eligible entities are recipients of FY15 FC 647-A/245-A and/or FY15 647-B2 grants, that offered a summer program supported with 21st CCLC or other grant funds or resources in FY14 (summer 2014), and that plan to offer an FY15 summer program supported by 21st CCLC grant funds or other resources.
- Grant Program Purpose: To stem summer learning loss by expanding innovative summer learning programs that address both the academic and developmental needs of students.
- RFP Application and Due Date: The FY15 FC 647-B4 Funding Opportunity applications were accepted on a rolling basis until Friday, December 12, 2014. Proposals will be reviewed and approved in the order received, and applicants will be contacted in January 2015 with funding information. No additional funds are available.
- Information Session: Note that all eligible applicants were emailed initial information in early November, along with an invitation to an optional webinar information session on Monday, November 17, 2014 from 10-10:30am.
FC 225 Expanded Learning Time (ELT) Grants (Non-Competitive, State-Funded)
- Grant Program Purpose: This state-funded grant program provides financial assistance to local school districts with schools that have approved ELT implementation plans, and that received funding in FY14. All participating schools must increase the amount of time in their schedules so that they are operating at least 300 hours longer than is average for students in other schools within the district. These grants help schools: 1. provide more instructional opportunities in mathematics, literacy, science, and other core subjects to support student achievement; 2. integrate enrichment opportunities into student learning; and 3. provide staff with increased opportunities to plan and participate in professional development activities.
- Eligible Applicants: Districts awarded FY14 FC 225 School Redesign: Expanded Learning Time Implementation Grants are eligible.
- RFP Application and Due Date: FY15 FC 225 RFP applications were due June 6, 2014. See RFP for more details.
FC 530 Quality Enhancements in After-School and Out-of-School Time Grants (Competitive, State-Funded)
- Grant Program Purpose: To enhance out-of-school time programs and services to improve the academic, physical, social, and emotional wellness of public and non-public school-age youth during the school year and the summer months.
- Eligible Applicants: Massachusetts public school districts, non-public schools, and public and private community-based organizations with existing OST programs are eligible to apply for funding. Additional eligibility parameters apply to funding categories, as noted in the RFP.
- Eligibility Amounts: Applicants may request up to $10,000; $20,000; or $50,000 depending on the funding category. See RFP for details.
- RFP Application and Due Date: FY15 FC 530 applications were due June 30, 2014, and intents to apply were due June 20th.
- Information Sessions: Webinars were held on May 22 and 30, 2014, and an in-person session was held at the Department in Malden on June 6, 2014. Webinars were also held twice weekly to respond to questions about the grant.