Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education 2021-2022 Arkansas Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center 3-Year Grant Application (Fall 2021)

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The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) will receive funding from the United States Department of Education (USDE) to fund Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC).  21st CCLC grant funds are awarded through a competitive grant process based on the implementation of research-based academic improvement practices, through collaborative efforts between schools, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations and other eligible entities.

Authorized under Title IV, Part B, Section 4201 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the purpose of the 21st CCLC grant program is to establish or expand community learning centers that provide students with out-of-school time opportunities to support academic achievement.  The grant allows for programs to provide academic and enrichment activities designed to complement the students’ regular academic program.  21st CCLC must also offer literacy and other related educational opportunities to families of student participants. Centers may be located in elementary schools, secondary schools, or other similarly accessible facilities. Eligible entities are local educational agencies, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, other public or private entities, or a consortium of two or more such agencies, organizations or entities. Targeted local educational agencies (LEA) must meet 40% or higher free/reduced lunch criteria.

The grant application will be open for submission from October 6, 2021 through December 3, 2021.  Technical support virtual training(s) will be provided by DESE.  The dates and times will be determined and listed on the Arkansas 21st CCLC website.  Training for the online application within is available below.

Grant application instructional video, Arkansas 21st CCLC Grant Guidelines and scoring information are attached to this Commissioner’s Memo. Each applicant must submit an Intent to Apply in by November 15, 2021, to continue the application process.  

Grant applications must be submitted within by December 3, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.  The link to the online application is below:


Arkansas Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC Website:



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