Nita M. Lowey Arkansas 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC)
program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide
academic enrichment during non-school hours for children, particularly students
who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The program helps students
meet state and local standards in core academic subjects, such as reading,
literacy, math, and science; offers students a broad array of enrichment
activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers
literacy and other educational services to the families of participating
children. The 2022-2023 Nita M. Lowey Arkansas 21st CCLC Grant Application will
be open for submission from November 15, 2022, through January 30, 2023.
- An Intent to Apply must be completed by December 15, 2022, to be eligible.
- All applicants will be required to achieve an overall grant rating of “Meets Standard” in all sections to be considered for funding.
- All sections of the grant must be completed to achieve funding eligibility.
- Grants must be submitted via the online Submittable platform to be considered for eligibility.
Applicants will need to reference and, in some cases, fill out and
upload files from the Resources Section below. We ask that you please fully
review the Arkansas 21st CCLC Grant Guidance document before applying for the
21st CCLC grant. For additional technical assistance with the grant guidance,
DESE 21st CCLC Program Office will provide virtual meeting(s) to allow
potential applicants the opportunity to fully understand the guidance and the
expectations of 21st CCLC programs in Arkansas. The virtual meeting date(s) and
time(s) will be located on the Nita M. Lowey Arkansas 21st CCLC website listed
21st CCLC Website
Resources and Forms Required for Application Completion:
who achieve an overall grant rating of “Meets Standard” (click here for the rubric) will move to the
priority round for review. Priority percentage points (2% for each criteria
met) will be given for the following areas below if the information is provided
within the application.
- Applicant is writing for a site that has never been awarded a 21st CCLC grant.
- Applicant is writing for a site where there is no other 21st CCLC program within a 30-mile radius.
- Applicant describes how evidence-based practices will be used for increasing student attendance and engagement, reducing rates of chronic absenteeism, and enhancing connections between students in middle grades and high school and their school, family, and program partners.
- Applicant is writing for a Comprehensive or Targeted Support School site.
- Applicant is a previously awarded applicant but did not meet monthly and yearly required fiscal, programmatic, and program data requirements on time and in an accurate manner (A negative 2 percentage points will be given to the applicant that meets this criteria)
applicants must provide documentation of a Public Notice given to the community
regarding the targeted site this grant will serve. Previously awarded
applicants must complete Section 13 accurately to continue in the review
process. These two items will not receive a score, but they will be documented
as MET or NOT MET within the review process. Due to these items being required,
items marked NOT MET will not continue in the review process. All applicants
who receive the grant will be required to start programming by October 2, 2023.