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Grant Opportunity for Public and School Libraries

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

The following message has been provided by the 21st Century Community Learning Center consultants. The Library Services Team encourages public and school librarians to work collaboratively in applying for these grants. Applicants can first verify their eligibility by visiting the Title I page and looking at the 2020-21 Spreadsheet. If column F reads “Schoolwide,” they should confirm their eligibility by verifying that their “percent of low income” or economic disadvantage rate is 40 percent or greater. However, “Targeted Assistance” does not necessarily denote ineligibility. Instead, applicants should then verify their “percent of low income” or economic disadvantage rate. It would need to be 40 percent or greater.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is pleased to announce that applications for the Nita M. Lowery 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grant competition are available for the 2022-23 school year. The 21st CCLC grant is a federal grant that funds before-school, after-school, and summer programs across the state of Wisconsin. The purposes of the program are to:

  • Provide opportunities for academic enrichment to help students, particularly students attending low-performing schools, to meet challenging state academic standards

  • Offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students

  • Offer the families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their children’s education, including opportunities for literacy and related educational development

Public school districts, private schools, charter schools, and community-based organizations (including faith-based organizations) targeting students enrolled in schools eligible for Title I, schoolwide programs are invited to apply.

Applications will be due on or before 4:00p.m., January 28, 2022. More information and application materials are available on the DPI's 21st CCLC website.

**Please note, this application is intended only for new applicants or current grantees in the final year of their grant cycles. Current WI 21st CCLC granted programs in years 1-4 of their grant cycles should not participate in the 2022-23 competition.**

The DPI will host three virtual workshops to walk through the application process and address common questions. All three presentations will cover the same content; it is not necessary to participate in more than one. Dates and access information for the workshops are as follows:

1. Date: November 19, 2021 Time: 9:00 am-10:30 am

Access Information:

Meeting ID: 847 8900 5110 Passcode: 231768

2. Date: November 22, 2021 Time: 1:00 pm- 2:30 pm

Access Information:

Meeting ID: 828 4085 7574 Passcode: 244363

3. Date: November 23, 2021 Time: 10:00 am- 11:30 am

Access Information:

Meeting ID: 821 0752 5384 Passcode: 435537

For additional information, please contact Teri LeSage at 608-267-5078, Tanya Morin at 608-267-9393, or Alison Wineberg at 608-267-3751.

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