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Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Program

Grants to Mississippi Nonprofits, For-Profits, IHEs, School
Districts, and Agencies for Educational Enrichment Activities

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Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) - Office of Federal Programs

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Grants to Mississippi school districts, charter schools, Tribes, nonprofit and government agencies, community organizations, IHEs, and for-profits for educational enrichment programs for low-income students. Funding is intended to support programs that take place during non-school hours and session breaks, such as before or after school or during summer recess. 21st CCLC programs offer students a broad array of additional services, programs and activities that are designed to complement the regular academic program.

The MDE awards subgrants only to applicants primarily serving students who attend schools with a high concentration of low-income students and families. For this proposal, a high concentration of low-income students and families is defined as a poverty percentage (i.e., the percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals) of 40% or greater as determined by school enrollment or the participating attendance area. 

The 21st CCLC Program’s goals are to:

  1. Provide opportunities for academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students, particularly students who attend low-performing schools, to meet the challenging State academic standards; (SBE Goals 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6)
  2. Offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities, such as youth development activities, service learning, nutrition and health education, drug and violence prevention programs, counseling programs, arts, music, physical fitness and wellness programs, technology education programs, financial literacy programs, environmental literacy programs, mathematics, science, career and technical programs, internship or apprenticeship programs, and other ties to an in-demand industry sector or occupation for high school students that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students; (SBE Goals 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6) and
  3. Offer families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their children’s education, including opportunities for literacy and related educational development. (SBE Goals 2, 3, and 5)

For information about eligible expenses, see Page 32 in the RFP in Supporting Documents, below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 182205

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants for single eligible organizations and consortia will range from $50,000 - $400,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

A subgrant award is made available for an approved project period up to three (3) years contingent upon the availability of continued funding, evidence of progress as documented in the annual evaluation report, increased student achievement as documented in the required common data elements, and adherence to the annual Specific Program Assurances.

21st CCLC Programs must become operational within 30 days of receiving the MDE award notification or within eight (8) weeks from the first day of school, whichever is later.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any public or private organization is eligible to apply for a 21st CCLC subgrant. Examples of agencies and organizations eligible under the 21st CCLC program include, but are not limited to:
- Local school districts, also referred to as local educational agencies (LEAs)
- Charter schools,
- Indian tribe or tribal organizations,
- Educational consortia,
- Non-profit agencies,
- City or county government agencies,
- Faith and community-based organizations,
- Institutions of higher education, and
- For-profit corporations

For information about unallowable expenses, see Page 32 of the RFP in Supporting Documents, below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) hosted an informational webinar session to review the proposal requirements on May 11, 2020.

For additional information see:

Pre-Application Information:

All entities planning to apply should submit a notice of intent to Apply. The Notice of Intent to Apply should be received by the June 3, 2020 deadline. The Notice of Intent to Apply is not required to apply but may be necessary to assist the MDE in planning purposes and preparation for proposal scoring.

The deadline for submitting written questions by email is May 25, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Copies of all questions submitted and responses will be posted to MDE’s website under the Public Notices section and will be available to the general public on May 27, 2020. Answers to written questions will be posted in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document. No individual responses will be sent.

One (1) original and two (2) copies of the sealed proposal must be received by 5:00 p.m. on June 9, 2020.

Applicants must have a valid DUNS number and be registered with

This is a reimbursement only grant, meaning all subgrantees must initially expend their own funds prior to receiving reimbursement from the MDE.

Important Dates:
- May 8, 2020: RFP issued
- May 11, 2020: Webinar on the proposal process
- May 25, 2020: Deadline for submitting questions
- May 27, 2020: Questions will be posted to the MDE website
- June 3, 2020: Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply
- June 9, 2020; 5:00 p.m. Proposals due
- June 15 - 19, 2020: Evaluation of proposals
- August 2020: State Board of Education approval
- August 2020: Notification of awards (contingent on State Board approval)
- August 2020: Revisions due (if needed)
- September 1, 2020: Authorization to expend, upon approval of revisions, if needed

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications to

The subject line must include the name of the solicitation for which you are applying.

Chris Norwood, 21st CCLC Coordinator
Office of Federal Programs
Mississippi Department of Education

Mississippi Department of Education
Office of Federal Programs
359 North West Street, Suite 111
Jackson, Mississippi 39201

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