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Title IV, Part B: 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) (Kansas)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE)


    The 21st CCLC program was amended by Congress as Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015. Its purpose is to create or expand community learning centers that: 

    1. Provide opportunities for academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students, particularly students who attend low-performing schools, to meet State and local student academic achievement standards in core academic subjects such as reading and mathematics; 
    2. Offer students a broad array of additional services, programs and activities, such as youth development activities, drug and violence prevention, counseling, art, music, recreation, technology education and character education, that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students; and 
    3. Offer families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for literacy and related educational development. 

    Multiple program options may be used by all recipients of funding under the 21st CCLC grant including before school, after school, weekends, holidays or summer recess. 

    There are five priorities for this grant. All applicants must meet the Absolute Priority. Applicants may only apply for two of the four competitive priorities:

    • Absolute Priority: Targeting services to low-income schools - Kansas is required to make awards only to applicants that will primarily serve students and families who have students that attend schools where at least 40% of the students qualify to receive free or reduced-cost meals. œPrimarily means that at least 51% of students to be served in the proposed program must attend eligible schools. Applications that do not meet the Absolute Priority will not be considered for funding.
    • Competitive Priority I: Applicants that will serve students attending schools that have been identified for Comprehensive Support AND are submitted jointly with community-based and/or faith-based organizations or public or private organizations could potentially receive three (3) priority points.
      • If an applicant demonstrates inability to partner with a community-based organization in reasonable geographic proximity and of sufficient quality to meet the requirements of this part, it is still possible to be awarded this priority.
    • Competitive Priority II: for Programming in the Northwest Region of Kansas: Applicants proposing to serve students attending schools in northwest Kansas could potentially receive three (3) priority points.
    • Competitive Priority III: for School Redesign: (3 points) Applicants that are proposing to serve students who attend a school participating in Redesign (Mercury, Gemini I, Gemini II or Apollo). 
    • Competitive Priority IV: for Summer Programming: (3 points) Applicants that incorporate a summer component in addition to other comprehensive out-of-school programming could potentially receive three (3) priority points.
    • Competitive Priority V: for High School Programs. Applicants that specifically incorporate a College and Career Readiness component at the high school level could potentially receive three (3) priority points. 

    History of Funding

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    Additional Information

    The 2020 Kansas 21st CCLC Grant competition requires local grantees to implement programs that meet the following four Principles of Effectiveness:

    • An assessment of objective data regarding need for out of school programs (including before school, after school, summer or any time school is not in session);
    • An established set of performance measures aimed at ensuring the availability of high-quality academic enrichment opportunities;
    • Scientifically-based research that provides evidence that the program or activity will help students meet state and local student academic achievement standards; and
    • Family engagement components that are linked to learning and embedded into all programs through systemic goals.


    Christine Macy

    Christine Macy
    900 SW Jackson Street Suite 620
    Topeka, KS 66612
    (785) 296-3287

  • Eligibility Details

    Any Kansas public or private organization is eligible to apply. This includes, but is not limited to, School Districts; Non-Public Schools; Non-Profit Agencies; City Or County Government Agencies; Faith-Based Organizations; Institutions Of Higher Education; and For-Profit Corporations. The statute encourages eligible organizations to collaborate with school districts when applying for funds.

    Deadline Details

    Applications are to be submitted by March 17, 2020. Similar deadlines are anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Individual awards range from $50,000 to $100,000 each. Cost matching is not required. Applicants proposing to serve students in districts that are Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) eligible may request up to $25,000 in addition to the maximum grant award for transportation costs.

    NOTE: Kansas 21st CCLC funds will diminish during the fourth and fifth years of the five-year grant. Funds will be awarded in full during the first three years of the grant. During the fourth year, Kansas 21st CCLC funds will pay 80 percent of the average of the first three years of the award. During the fifth and final year of the grant, Kansas 21st CCLC funds will pay 70 percent of the average of the first three years of the award. The budget, included in the application, must reflect this diminution of grant funds. 

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