The 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.
Intent to Apply must be completed via the
online platform from December 11, 2023, through January 31, 2024.
will communicate acceptance or denial of the Intent to Apply.
- If the
Intent to Apply is accepted by DESE, a link will be shared to the
Applications must be submitted via the online platform to be considered
for eligibility by February 29, 2024.
applicants will be required to achieve an overall grant rating of “Meets
Standard” in all sections to be considered for funding.
sections of the grant must be completed to achieve funding 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 below.
Arkansas 21st CCLC
Resources and Forms
Required for Application Completion:
Applicants 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.
is writing for a site that has never been awarded a 21st CCLC grant.
is writing for a site where there is no other 21st CCLC program within a
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.
is writing for a Comprehensive or Targeted Support School site.
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)
All 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 receiving the grant must begin programming by October 1, 2024, however, programs may start programming as early as May 1, 2024.