Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Program
Title IV, Part B, of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers COVID-19 Relief Supplementary Grant
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) COVID-19 Relief Supplementary Grant. Current grantees have the opportunity to apply to receive funds to meet the costs associated with providing services for students and families during this challenging time. Grant funds are intended to assist with expenses, which may exceed the base award available, directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on program operations. Allowable expenses associated with this award include (but are not limited to):
Increased staffing expenses
Increased transportation expenses
Costs associated with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), sanitizing materials, thermometers, and other health monitoring or mitigation materials
Supplies related to establishing physical distancing (e.g., tape, cones, additional seating, etc.)
Expanded program services for students and families
Virtual or remote activity support materials (i.e., additional software licenses)
Additional expenses to minimize shared materials between participants
Contracted services (e.g., for additional space, community partners to expand access to services, cleaning services, etc.)
Staff communication tools (e.g., walkie talkies)
Other costs directly related to COVID-19 impact and mitigation
Limited funds are available, therefore, the DPI cannot guarantee that the full funding requested will be awarded. Grantees are encouraged to pursue additional funding and resources needed to implement services.
The tentative timeline for the application process is as follows:
Fall 2020: Applications become available
Winter 2020: Funds become available for use
Grantees must complete a separate application for each of their 21st CCLC sites in need of COVID-19 Relief Supplementary Grant funds. Additional information can be found in the 21st CCLC COVID-19 Supplementary Award Guide.
The following documents include all 21st CCLC COVID-19 Relief Supplementary Grant prompts and questions. Note that when you complete the 21st CCLC COVID-19 Relief Supplementary Grant in the online portal, some questions will only appear depending upon how a previous question was answered.
Please contact your DPI consultant with any questions.
Current Grantee Resources and Forms
Micro Webinar: Budget Change Request
In this short Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Program (21st CCLC) webinar, grantees will learn to 1) identify the correct budget form for a budget change request; 2) understand how to complete the Budget Change Request form; 3) know to whom grantees should submit the Budget Change Request form; and 4) know when budget change requests are due. The PowerPoint slides are available here and the webinar here, for review.
Micro Webinar: Introduction to CLC Budgets
In this short Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Program (21st CCLC) webinar, grantees will 1) understand the role of the fiscal agent; 2) identify the correct budget form for completing a CLC budget; 3) understand how to complete the CLC Budget form; and 4) understand the basic criteria CLC consultants consider for budget approvals. The PowerPoint slides are available here and the webinar here, for review.
DPI accepts self-nominations on an annual basis for eligible organizations to be included as part of a published list of organizations that 21st CCLC grantees may reference for potential partnerships or professional development support. For this purpose, external organization is defined as:
(A) a nonprofit organization with a record of success in running or working with before- and after-school (or summer recess) programs and activities; or
(B) in the case of a community where there is no such organization, a nonprofit organization in the community that enters into a written agreement or partnership with an organization described in (A) to receive mentoring and guidance in running or working with before- and after-school (or summer recess) programs and activities. (Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended on December 10, 2015)
To be considered, eligible entities need to complete an application and submit to DPI for review. Eligible entities must provide the following evidence:
- Nonprofit status
- By definition, DPI will recognize nonprofits with a 501(c)(3) status or other tax exempt entity
- Certification covering debarment
- Signatures will guarantee that organizations are not prohibited from entering into contracts with a federal funding source
- Mission statement
- Record of success in running or working with before- and after-school (or summer recess) programs and activities
- Description of services, support, or expertise qualified to offer
- Signatures verifying the truth and accuracy of the information provided to DPI
DPI's 21st CCLC website will post the accepted entities for a period of two years, at which time organizations must reapply. This list of organizations is intended to serve as a resource for 21st CCLC programs looking for potential partners in their region. Note: the document is not an exhaustive list nor does it serve as an endorsement or certification of quality from DPI.
DPI is not currently accepting nominations.
For additional information, contact Teri LeSage.