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ESSER III American Rescue Plan (ARP) Out of School Time Grant Opportunity

Purpose

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The American Rescue Plan (ARP) 2021 authorizes states to use 1% of their total ARP allocation ($15.4 million) for comprehensive out-of-school time programs. Comprehensive OST programs will use Evidence-based Improvement Strategies (EBIS) designed to address learning loss and social, emotional and academic needs of students most impacted by COVID-19.

Additionally, the Wisconsin Committee on Joint Finance allocated, through Motion 57, an additional $5 million for OST programs and expanded the eligibility for these funds to include community-based organizations.

Funds are to be allocated through a competitive grant process.

Grant Opportunity Overview Video

 

Eligibility and Funding

Eligibility requirements and funding disbursement mandated through Motion 57, and the provision of the additional $5 million requires a multi-level award process. All eligible applicants will apply via one competition process.

Funding will be awarded as follows for Eligible Applicants:

Round One Round Two (if funds remain from Round 1) Round Three
Wisconsin Local Education Agencies (LEAs) (Districts and Independent Charter Schools) eligible for Sparsity Aid under Wis Stat 115.436 All Wisconsin Public School LEAs (Districts and Independent Charter Schools)

Wisconsin LEAs (Districts and Independent Charter Schools)

Community Based Organizations (CBOs)

Applicants may choose the amount of funding, from the available tiers, necessary to implement their action plan. The funding tiers are based upon student enrollment, or in the case of CBOs number of students to be served. Each tier provides a minimum and a maximum amount of funding. Applicants will need to demonstrate, through their application, that the amount of funding requested is reasonable and necessary and commensurate with their action plan.

Project Period

December 1, 2022 - September 30, 2024

These are one time funds that must be expended by 9/30/24

Important Dates

Event Date
Grant Writing Webinars

Grant Writing Webinar presentation slides

Grant Applications Due

October 14, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.

All applications must be submitted via the application portal by the due date and time noted above. Applications must be complete in order to be reviewed.

Application Materials 

We are no longer accepting applications.

 For questions about this information, contact ESSER3ost@dpi.wi.gov