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FY2024: Massachusetts 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program (21st CCLC) — Continuation Grant

Fund Codes: 645/244


The purpose of the Fund Code (FC) 645 federally-funded grant program is to continue to support the implementation of academically enriching programming implemented during out-of-school time (OST) and/or through an extended school day (ELT).

Supported with federal funding from the Office of Special Education Policy and Planning (SEPP) the purpose of the FC 24 grant program is to continue to enhance the capacity 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) programs to effectively include students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) into existing programs and services.


Supporting students and families from all identities and cultures with a focus on those that have been historically marginalized — including, but not limited to students who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), emerging multilingual students, students living in poverty, and students with disabilities — so all students can be empowered to make informed choices in life after high school and prepared for college and/or a career.

Strengthening student learning by combining content knowledge with a deeper approach to learning that emphasizes the skills necessary to apply that knowledge successfully.

Implementing high interest and high engagement interactive and relevant teaching and learning strategies during the school year and summer.

Leveraging assessment data to design programming that is tailored to the needs and interests of students and demonstrates continuous program improvement efforts.

Contributing to the development of skills and knowledge that support a career pathway for students.

Developing systems of support that engage students and families in ways that are culturally relevant, and leverage the knowledge, strengths, and assets of students, families, educators, and the community.

Developing sustainable models for supporting additional quality learning time.

Priority will be given to districts and schools in chronically underperforming status.


FC 645— Eligible entities are grantees going into the 2nd or 3rd year of the site's funding cycle originally awarded under FC 647 and/or in Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 and/or FY 2023.

FC 244— Eligible entities are grantees that meet the FC 645 eligibility requirements and were awarded a FC 244 and/or FC 245 Grant in FY 2022 and/or FY 2023.

For a list of eligible entities and respective sites, see Addendum A - Eligible Entities & Initial Continuation Funding Amounts (in the Additional Information section).

Funding Type:

Federal CFDA: 84.027
Federal grant funds must adhere to:

  • UGG (2 CFR 200)
  • EDGAR As Applicable
  • EDGAR General Fiscal Administration 34 CFR Part 76

Approximately $13,905,183 is available for FC 645 and approximately $338,400 for FC 244. See Addendum A — Eligible Entities & Initial Continuation Funding Amounts* in the Additional Information section.

This RFP is the governing document for these grant funds.

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.

Fund Use:

Funds may be used to support salaries, stipends, contracts, instructional materials, and other expenses associated with implementing additional time supported through this grant.

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 salary levels, current transportation costs, instructional materials already being used during the school day, summer school, etc.).

Sites are expected to continue to implement program components that align to the grant requirements and priorities. It is expected that grantees are developing plans to ensure that the activities and initiatives that are supported through these funds will be sustained beyond the grant period.

Unless otherwise approved, no more than 25% of the total budget may be used for program coordination and administration; and no more than 10% of the total budget may be used for program materials. All contracted providers must be held to the same budgetary guidelines.

FC 645 — Additionally, recipients may set aside funds to attend the MA 21st CCLC 2-day Winter Institute in December 2023 and the USED sponsored 21st CCLC Summer National Conference (July 2024).

FC grant recipients that were awarded competitively under FC647 — districts or agencies including indirect costs in their budget proposals may use their most recently approved indirect cost rates. However, the maximum rate that can be charged to this grant is 5.0% regardless of the approved indirect rate. Non-school districts must have applied for and received an approved FY 2024 rate in order to budget for indirect costs.

For exemplary sites that were awarded competitively under FC 646: Indirect costs are not allowed.

Project Duration:

Upon Approval* – 8/31/2024

* No earlier than September 1, 2023. Grant start date cannot be prior to DESE receiving a substantially approvable Application Submission as directed in this RFP's Submission Instructions. Goods and Services cannot be procured prior to Grants receiving and approving an application submission. Funds cannot exceed the project duration end date.

Program Unit:

Office of Student and Family Support


Karyl Resnick

Phone Number:

(781) 338-3515

Date Due:

Monday, August 28, 2023

See the Submission Instructions section below for additional details.

The earliest possible start date is September 1, 2023.

Required Forms:
Additional Information:

*Note —Applicants selected for this opportunity will be notified prior to submission in EdGrants so that budgets can be adjusted as needed and finalized before entry.

Additional Funding Opportunity — High Quality Project Based Learning (HQPBL) Training — Cohort IV (see Part IIIA for additional details and requirements): All exemplary ELT/OST schools/sites eligible for continuation funding can apply to be considered for Cohort IV of the HQPBL yearlong training series.

  • Applicants may request up to an additional $15,000/site. Funds must be used solely to stipend educators to participate in trainings, team planning time, and develop an HQPBL Unit.

Funding is contingent upon availability. If requests exceed available funding priority will go to sites that attended the PBL Nuts and Bolts training sessions and and/or sites that will applying for an exemplary programs grant in FY2025.

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 as listed in the initial RFP document.

Submission Instructions:

Email the following to by the due date.

  • Part I Signature Pages
  • Part II Budget Excel Workbook in its original excel format. Note: Tab 1 is FC 645 & Tab 2 is FC 244
  • Part IIIA
  • Addendum B — Signed Scanned copy

Once the continuation grant has been approved grantees must submit all required grant materials through EdGrants.

In EdGrants, grantees are required to create and name the project. Please use the following naming convention for your "Applicant Project Name" in EdGrants:

  • FC 645:
    FY24 FC 645 [Applicant Name] 21st CCLC Continuation Grant

  • FC 244:
    FY24 FC 244 [Applicant Name] 21st CCLC SWD Enhancement Grant

All required forms should be uploaded / attached in the Attachments List format of the Application Submission. This includes a signed / scanned PDF of Part I Coversheet with Superintendent's signature and Addendum B with required signatures. The final budget the applicant is requesting will be entered directly into EdGrants as part of the application submission process.

For Guidance Documents regarding EdGrants, visit EdGrants: User Guides and Information.

Please note: It is up to the grantee to determine who they want to add as EdGrants Front Office users in order to submit the grant application as well as payment request information. Please review the EdGrants: User Security Controls document to make informed decisions regarding assigning your district level users.

Last Updated: September 27, 2023

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