Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Program
Title IV, Part B, of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
The Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Programs (21st CCLC) supports high-quality academic support, recreation, and youth development programs during after-school hours and summers.
Grant awards are made for five consecutive years and are contingent upon satisfactory progress toward goals. Grantees are required to evaluate their program performance and report to DPI on their progress. A description of the evaluation requirements and access to the annually published DPI Executive Reports can be found on the 21st CCLC Evaluation webpage
Learn more about the grant program by viewing the Introduction to the 21st Century Community Learning Centers video
Who Is Eligible To Apply
Any public or private entity proposing to serve a qualifying school.
A qualifying school is:
- eligible for Title I schoolwide programming AND:
- in program improvement status per Title I designation, OR
- has been determined by a local education agency (LEA) as in need of intervention and support to improve academic achievement and other outcomes, AND
- enrolls students who may be at risk for academic failure, dropping out of school, involvement in criminal or delinquent activities, or who lack strong positive role models.
Application Information And Materials
Grant Competition Information
DPI is pleased to announce that we are currently accepting applications for Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center grants for the 2022-23 school year. Grants are awarded for five years, with an annual award amount that ranges from $80,000 to $145,000, depending on the number of students served by the program. Additional information about eligibility, the grant award process, grant requirements, and the application submission process can be found in the 2022-23 Grant Application Guidelines.
The application can be accessed via the online portal
Deadline for Application Submission: February 2, 2022, 4:00 p.m.
Documents intended to assist applicants can be found below.
- 2022-23 Grant Application Guidelines
- 2022-23 Grant Application Portal Content
- 2022-23 Grant Application Portal Content (Word)
- Principal Letter of Support Template for 2022-23 Grant Application
- 2022-23 Grant Application Reviewer Rubric
- Appeals Process
- Consortium Verification
- Private school affirmation
The DPI hosted virtual presentations to review the 2022-23 21st CCLC Grant application process and address common questions. The presentation slides used during the grant writing workshops are now available. View the recorded and close-captioned 21st CCLC Grant Writers Workshop presentation video.
To receive information on future grant competitions, as well as other information related to after-school programs, email Alison Wineberg to join the DPI email distribution list.
Needs Assessment Resources
DPI, in collaboration with the Consortium for Applied Research at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, has developed an on-demand webinar intended to help prospective grant applicants carry out the required needs assessment process.
- View the recorded version of the Evaluating and Demonstrating Your School’s Need for a 21st CCLC Grant Program presentation video.
- Slides for the webinar can be accessed here: Evaluating and Demonstrating Your School’s Need for a 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Program Presentation Slides.
- The handout referenced during the webinar can be accessed here: Needs Assessment Worksheets.
Private School Consultation
Title IV, Part B (21st Century Community Learning Centers) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires that timely and meaningful consultation occur between the local education agency (LEA) or educational service agency, or consortium of these agencies and appropriate private school officials regarding how to provide equitable and effective programs for eligible private school students. 20 U.S.C. § 7881(c).
Who is required to engage in consultation with a private school?
All recipients of a 21st CCLC grant award. This may include public school districts, individual schools, charter schools, private schools, community-based organizations, or public or private entities.
What private schools need to be included in the consultation?
Any private elementary schools or private secondary schools with eligible children enrolled in areas served by the local education agency, educational service agency, or consortium awarded the 21st CCLC grant. If no such private schools exist in the areas served by the entity, the Private School Affirmation does not need to be submitted to DPI.
Please note that DPI does not define the “service area” of the granted agency. The grant-funded agency is responsible for determining how the school service area is defined for this purpose.
What should be included in the consultation process?
- How the children’s needs will be identified;
- What services will be offered;
- How, where, and by whom the services will be provided;
- How the services will be assessed, and how the results of the assessment will be used to improve those services;
- The size and scope of the equitable services to be provided to the eligible private school children, the amount of funds available for those services, and how that amount is determined;
- How and when the agency, consortium, or entity will make decisions about the delivery of services.
Recipients of the 21st CCLC grant are advised to document everything. This may include attempts for consultation, meeting minutes, agreements made, how decisions were made if there were disagreements, etc.
Although all recipients of the 21st CCLC grant are required to have meaningful consultation with private schools, only public local education agencies (i.e. public school districts) are required to submit the Private School Affirmation to DPI at this time.