The purpose of this federally funded competitive grant program is to support the implementation of academically enriching programming during Out-of-School Time (OST) and/or Expanded Learning Time (ELT- a longer school day/year for all students) that helps to close proficiency and opportunity gaps, increases student engagement, and contributes to a well-rounded education. This grant furthers the four themes of Deeper Learning, Holistic Support & Enrichment, Innovation and Evidence Based Practices, and the state as partner, outlined in Commissioner Riley's Our Way Forward report.
Using more time to strengthen student learning by implementing innovative, interactive, relevant, and engaging teaching and learning strategies during the school year and summer that meets the specific academic, social emotional learning, and developmental needs of students.
Using data effectively in designing programming that addresses student needs and interests and in demonstrating continuous program improvement efforts.
Developing systems of support that are culturally relevant, and leverages the knowledge, strengths, and assets of students, families, educators, and the community.
Offer families of students served by the 21st CCLC opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their children's education, including opportunities for literacy and related educational development.
Developing sustainable models for supporting additional quality learning time.
Note: please refer to Addendum A for additional competitive priorities.
Eligible applicants are school districts, cities and towns, community-based organizations (CBOs), other public or private entities, or a consortium of two (2) or more of such agencies, organizations, or entities that:
Propose to serve/partner with schools with ≥ (at least) 15 percent of students who are ED, as indicated at the Department's School and District profiles page or through other documented evidence and determined by the District/School need of extra support.
Additional eligibility parameters:
Entities that were a previous recipient of a 21st CCLC grant must have met all grant requirements during their funding cycle(s) including timely submission of required state and federal data.
Agencies and organizations other than a school district, city, or town:
Note: please refer to Addendum A for additional eligibility requirements.
Federal CFDA 84.287
A total of approximately $3,000,000 is projected to be available Funding is contingent upon availability. All dollar amounts listed are estimated/approximate and are subject to change. If more funding becomes available it will be distributed under the same guidelines that appear in this RFP document.
An applicant may apply for:
Model 1 (OST):
Model 2 (ELT):
The grant request should support the enhancement or addition of engaging academic enrichment and/or intervention as described under the priorities section.
Note transportation funds may only be used to support transporting students home (OST Only) during the SY and for to and from the program during the summer (ELT & OST). These funds may not be used for field trips. Please see additional information for further details regarding field trip expenses. Applicants must demonstrate that other funds are not available to support transportation costs.
Per federal requirements, the minimum grant award amount is $50,000
Funds may be used to support programming costs including staff salaries, stipends, staff planning time as it relates to the grant, contracts, instructional materials, personal protective equipment (PPE), and other expenses associated with implementing grant funded programming.
No more than 10% of the funds may be used for materials and supplies, and no more than 25% for program administration. It is also recommended that up to 5% of the budget be set aside to support effective family engagement efforts. This may include a part-time Family Engagement/Outreach Liaison if one does not currently exist
These funds may not be used to supplant existing, currently funded costs, which would otherwise be funded (in the absence of these grant funds) from other sources (e.g., current salaries, current transportation costs, instructional materials already being used during the school day, etc.).
Upon approval (no earlier than 07/01/2021) – 08/31/2022
Pending budget appropriation, four (4) years of continuation funding will be available, for a total grant period of five (5) years (FY2022–FY2026). Note in years two and beyond the funding period will begin no earlier then 9/1 and conclude on 8/31 of that year.
Continued funding in years two (FY2023) and three (FY2024) will be contingent upon implementation of grant-required activities and submission of a continuation grant that demonstrates the following:
In years four (FY2025) and five (FY2026) grantees will receive an estimated 5% reduction in their original grant award. Continued funding will be contingent upon meeting the above noted requirements along with:
Student and Family Support
Full Proposals Due: Friday, April 16, 2021
See the Submission Instructions section below for additional details.
Electronic proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due and hard copies postmarked by the due date.
Applicant must submit one Part IIIA District/Agency information and a Part IIIB for each individual proposed School/Site included in the application.
Questions and Information Webinar: Due to the competitive nature of this grant program, all questions about the Funding Opportunity documents and process will be addressed during the Grant Information Webinar and Q & A sessions.
Email one complete application to email@example.com and mail one complete unstapled hard copy of Parts IIIA and B for each applicant site, excel budget pages and completed Addendums B-E plus signed MOA to:
Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
21st Century Community Learning Centers Program
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148
Upon award, recipients will be required to enter the approved budget in EdGrants and upload required documents. Grant recipients will be contacted with further instructions on the process.
Last Updated: March 2, 2021
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