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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 starting at $50,000 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. Programs must take place during non-school hours and session breaks, such as before or after school or during summer recess. Funding is particularly for students who attend low-performing schools. 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 a list of program activities, see:

For information on eligible use of funds, see:

For information on allowable expenses, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182205

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants for single eligible organizations and consortia will range from $50,000 - $250,000 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 (Form 2) on page 64.

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

Examples of unallowable expenditures:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Mississippi Department of Education (MDE)will be hosting an informational webinar session to review the proposal requirements on June 24, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

The registration link for the webinar is:

The MDE will be hosting technical assistance workshops to assist potential applicants with furthering their understanding of the program and the proposal process. There is no cost for the workshops; however, registration is required. All workshops begin at 11:30 a.m. Proposal workshop participation is not required to apply but is highly encouraged.

June 25, 2019
Rankin County School District
Room 101
1220 Apple Park Place
Brandon, MS 39043

June 28, 2019
Hilton Jackson
Ball Room B & C
1001 E. County Line Road
Jackson, MS 39211

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 July 15, 2019 deadline. TheNoticeofIntent 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 July 8, 2019 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 July 10, 2019. Answers to written questions will be posted in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document. No individual responses will be sent.

Submission and Delivery of Proposals
One (1) original and two (2) copies of the sealed proposal must be received by 5:00 p.m. onJuly 23, 2019

All applicants must have an active DUNS number that is unrestricted and accessible at

After receiving a DUNS number from the Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) website, your entity must follow the Step 2 and register 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:

- June 21, 2019 RFP Issued – Email and Post to MDE Website
- June 24, 2019 Webinar on the Proposal Process
- June 25 & 28, 2019 Technical Assistance Workshops on the Proposal Process
- July 8, 2019 Deadline for submitting questions
- July 10, 2019 Questions will be posted to the MDE website
- July 15, 2019 Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply
- July 23, 2019; 5:00 p.m. Proposals due
- July 29-Aug. 2, 2019 Evaluation of proposals
- September 19, 2019 State Board of Education approval
- September 20, 2019 Notification of awards (contingent on State Board approval)
- September 30, 2019 Revisions due (if needed)
- October 1, 2019 Authorization to expend, upon approval of revisions, if needed

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Contact Information:

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

Submit an intent to apply by fax, email, or mail:

Fax: 601-359-2587


Mississippi Department of Education
21st Century Community Learning Centers Program
Office of Federal Programs
PO Box 771
Jackson, MS 39205-0771

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

Hand Deliver Proposals to:

Monique Corley
Office of Procurement
Mississippi Department of Education
21st Century Community Learning Centers
Central High School Building, Suite 307
359 North West Street
Jackson, MS 39201

Mail or Ship Proposals to (FedEx, UPS, etc.):

Monique Corley
Office of Procurement
Mississippi Department of Education
21st Century Community Learning Centers
359 North West Street
Jackson, MS 39201

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USA: Mississippi