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  Funding Opportunity Details
 -94-21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant
  21st Century Community Learning Centers
  Application Deadline: 03/07/2011 5:00 PM
Award Amount Range: $100,000.00 - $400,000.00
Project Start Date: 04/12/2011
Project End Date: 04/11/2016
Award Announcement Date: 04/12/2011
Eligible Applicant: Title I schools, Nonprofit, community-based & faith-based orgs, public & area educ or private agency
Program Officer: Chris Fenster
Phone: 515-326-5350 x
Categorical Area: Education



Iowa Department of Education

21st Century Community Learning Centers

Notice:  Request for Applications

Proposed Release Date: Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Letter of Intent: Tuesday, February 10, 2011 

Application Deadline: Friday, March 4, 2011.

Funds Available: April 12, 2011 – April 9, 2016 

* Two important changes have been made to this grant application. 

 1. The maximum amount per site has been changed from $75,000 to $100,000 per site or $400,000 for a multiple site application.

2. The Letter of Intent deadline has been extended to February 10, 2011.  This will allow all potential grantees a chance to attend Techincal Assistance workshops around the state.  To register contact Michelle Rich at


Grant Workshops

1-31-2011         Ames, Iowa          Ames Pubic Library-515 Douglas Avenue

2-1-2011           Waterloo, Iowa    Waterloo Public Library- 415 Commercial Street -Cancelled

2-2-2011           Ottumwa, Iowa    Ottumwa Public Library- Cancelled

2-4-2011           Webinar from 10-noon

2-8-2011           Red Oak, Iowa      Red Coach Inn- 1200 Senate Drive

2-9-2011          Spencer, Iowa       Clay County Events Center- 800 West 18th Street









The intent of the 21st CCLC funds is to enable communities to design and implement effective out-of-school programs that will result in improved student achievement, and be enhanced by and sustained through community partnerships beyond the term of the grant.


Amount of Funds Available:

FY 2011-2012    $4,000,000 



Applications for 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grants under the No Child Left Behind Act, 2001, Title IV, Part B must be a partnership between


  • one or more schools that are Title I schoolwide eligible



  • one or more nonprofit organizations, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations,area education agencies,  public agencies, or private agencies that primarily serve students who attend eligible schools.




  • Identify and recruit students
  • Develop a Service-Learning Project that will provide a positive learning experience
  • Design a program to accommodate participant’s needs
  • Provide high quality, developmentally appropriate activities
  • Provide meaningful physical activity initiative
  • Provide staff development
  • Ensure highly effective program management
  • Integrate after school programming with the regular school day, and other federal and state funded programs
  • Integrate with school improvement and reform initiatives
  • Engage in collaboration among schools, community-based organizations, non-profit organizations, faith-based organizations, government, and civic organizations
  • Address sense of community, cultural, and drug and violence prevention related issues
  • Incorporate activities that address the educational needs of parents and families of program participants as an integral part of the project
  • Use volunteers to enrich student learning experiences




Prospective applicants should notify the Department of the intent to apply no later than February 10, 2011, to allow for arrangements for the proposal review. This should be done by email to The letter intent only needs to mention your intention to apply for the grant.  Questions should be directed to Chris Fenster at (515) 326-5350 or e-mail at            


The application, instructions and rubrics will be available on the Iowa Department of Education website at:




Funds will be made available to local programs for 5 years (April 12, 2011 – April 9, 2016) through a written agreement.  Fiscal and progress reports will be required during the project period.  Federal and state regulations, non-regulatory guidance, and laws pertaining to operations of this project will be in effect and govern the use of these funds.


  • Award amount:  Minimum grant awards will be $50,000 per school

         Maximum grant awards will be:

-    $100,000 per school

-   $400,000 per application

  • A match will not be required





  • Required Forms:  Site Information, Assurances and Agreements, Collaborative Signatures, Funding Requirements, and Budget Forms
  • General, Cross-Cutting Elements (20 points) Evidence that this project will contribute to multiple areas and is intergrated throughout the entire text narrative of the proposal.
  • Budget Narrative:  explanation and justification for the allocation of funds in the budget and the requested amount  (20 points)
  • Abstract:  (not scored)
  • System capacity summary:  (20 points) the capacity of the project to meet timelines, implement and administer the program successfully, and provide necessary technology support 
  • Narrative Text: 

-    Education and enrichment activities designed to enhance the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral development of program participants New Requirement  A Service-Learning Project must be planned and excuted yearly.  The same project may on-going throughout the grant cycle as long as it is benefitting the students learning experience.  (50 points)

-    Collaboration and partnerships that propose effective use of public/private resources and describe plans for ongoing partnerships with parents and students and among multiple organizations to sustain the program  (30 points)

-    Program administration that describes project planning, organization, staff development, participant recruitment, and fiscal management  (25 points)

-    Sustainability involves a comprehensive process of planning for the future (40 points)

-    Monitoring, evaluation, and program accountability to assist in meeting the purpose of the 21st CCLC program  (20 points)

-    Competitive priority by serving students that attend schools designated in need of improvement under Title I (Section 1116) (5 points), and/or the application is submitted jointly by the school district and one or more community partners 

(5 points, 10 possible total points)

  • Memoranda of Understanding:  (not scored)
  • Attachments:  (optional and not scored)

 Maximum amount of points is 230



A peer review will be conducted of all qualifying applications.  Before the review, applications from community based, faith based, and non-profit agencies and organizations other than local education agencies will be screened for capacity to administer the program.  21st CCLC program grantees that have successfully completed their grant period of five years or have grants that end this year, are eligible to submit a continuation application and must provide evidence of achievement of goals in order to be considered “competitive”. Consideration will be given to an equitable geographic distribution of grant funds.




Grant-Writing Workshops:

A series of grant writing workshops will be offered throughout the state to provide technical assistance on the development of grant applications for school, community-based, faith-based, non-profit, and private organizations preparing competitive applications for 21st CCLC funds. When specific workshop dates and locations are known, they will be posted to the Iowa Department of Education web site.  Usually the workshops are day long in length and run approximately from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


21st CCLC Program Orientation (Post Awards)

This session will provide technical assistance on proven practices and lessons learned for recipients of awards. The Iowa Department of Education and a private contractor will provide this session and it will be an opportunity for all new grantees and continuing grantees to meet the program administrator.  A Technical Assitance session will be held during this session.


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Description File Name File Size
Fact Sheets on Requirements 21CCLC FAQs 2011 02 05 mer.doc 44 KB
Title 1 Schools fenster.doc 563 KB
Guidelines for RFA Iowa 21st Century2011.doc 95 KB
Rubric Rubric of Scoring Criteria for 21st Century Community Learning Center Program1.doc 88 KB
 Website Links
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URL Description National Youth Leadership Council Afterschool Resources Harvard Research Project Highlights - Iowa Department of Education Iowa After School Alliance Iowa Collaboration for Youth Development National Service Learning Clearinghouse
  – The Official Website of the State of Iowa. Dulles Technology Partners Inc.