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

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Louisiana Department of Education


    Authorized under Title IV, Part B, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended, the specific purposes of the 21st CCLC program are to provide a wide range of academic and personal enrichment services to: (1) students who primarily attend schools eligible for school-wide programs under section 1114, or schools that serve a high percentage of students from low-income families, and (2) the families of these students. As per federal law, services must be based on specific student and community needs (e.g., income levels, educational levels, teen pregnancy rates, juvenile detention rates) that impact the target population.

    21st Century Community Centers shall be located in elementary or secondary schools or other similarly accessible facilities. In Louisiana, it is strongly recommended that the Contractor establish a center at the local elementary or secondary school to be served. An LEA may provide access to school facilities.

    • The term œcommunity learning center means an entity that assists students in meeting state and local academic achievement standards in core academic subjects by providing students with opportunities for academic enrichment activities and a broad array of other activities before, and after school or periods when school is not in session (such as before and after school, on weekends, or during the summers). Contractors must provide enriched high-quality after-school programming.

    Each Contractor shall use the funds to carry out a broad array of before, or after-school activities (or activities during other times when school is not in session) that advance student achievement. Contractors shall provide activities within the following list:

    • Remedial education activities and academic enrichment learning programs, including providing additional assistance to students to allow the students to improve their academic achievement; examples of activities that will help students meet Louisianas student academic achievement standards, to include State Standards, STEM, ACT Prep, End of Course Testing, Advance Placement Test Prep, and scientifically based research that provides program effectiveness, Credit recovery for high school students;
      • Mathematics and science education activities;
      • Arts and music education activities;
      • Entrepreneurial education programs;
      • Tutoring services (including those provided by senior citizen volunteers) and mentoring programs;
      • Programs that provide after-school activities for limited English proficient students that emphasize language skills and academic achievement;
      • Recreational activities;
      • Telecommunications and technology education programs;
      • Expanded library service hours;
    • Programs that promote parental involvement and family literacy. Adult family members of students participating in a community learning center may participate in educational services or activities appropriate for adults. In particular, local programs may offer services to support parental engagement and family literacy. Services may be provided to families of students to advance the students academic achievement. However, programs shall be open only to adults who are family members of participating children. Activities targeting adult family members may take place during regular school hours, as these times may be the most suitable for serving these populations;
    • Programs that provide assistance to students who have been truant, suspended, or expelled, to allow the students to improve their academic achievement;
    • Drug and violence prevention programs, counseling programs, and character education programs; and
    • Salaries: For 21st CCLC Project Director, Program Manager, and Site Coordinators (reasonable and in line with industry standard) Tutors and Paraprofessionals;
    • Contractors;
    • Independent evaluator;
    • Criminal Background Checks;
    • Supplies and materials required for the 21st CCLC program;(Program Curriculum must be approved by LDOE prior to purchase)
    • Computer hardware and software required for the 21st CCLC program upon LDOE approval;
    • Travel to LDOE approved/required 21st CCLC trainings, conferences, and workshops;
    • Transporting students home following 21st CCLC activities;
    • Rent Prorated and upon LDOE approval;
    • Utilities Prorated and upon LDOE approval;
    • Parent Involvement Activity costs (including meeting supplies cost of guest speakers, etc.¦);
    • Educational field trips: Upon LDOE approval must have the ability to improve students grades, State Testing and or bring awareness to college and careers. Lesson plans, sample student surveys, and sample student essays are required;
    • Advertisement: Only for the recruitment of personnel required for the performance of a Federal award and the procurement of goods and services for the performance of a Federal award;
    • Game systems and game cartridges

    History of Funding

    Approximately $18,000,000 was available in FY 2018.

    Additional Information

    Unallowable Expenditures include:

    • It is recommended that grantees not make awards or contract with any party which is debarred, suspended, or excluded from or ineligible for participation in federal programs under Executive Order 12549, œDebarment and Suspension.
    • Services provided by external organizations must be reasonable and necessary for the operation of the grant. Organizations without an approved restricted indirect cost rate cannot exceed eight percent (8%) of the award amount on items typically covered by the restricted indirect cost rate. Applicants selected for funding must inform their subcontractors that they cannot take a flat percentage of the grant award amount.
    • No part time teachers or staff may exceed 29 hours per week. Prior written approval is needed from LDOE for any staff exceeds 29 hours per week.
    • Uniforms are unallowable expenses unless the program provides a fifty percent (50%) match with other funds. 21st CCLC funds will only be utilized once the fifty percent (50%) match is met and documentation of the match has been provided to LDOE.
    • Preparation of the proposal: costs to develop prepare and/or write the 21st CCLC proposal cannot be charged to the grant directly or indirectly by either the agency or subcontractor.
    • Pre-award costs may not be charged against the grant. Funds can be used only for activities conducted and costs incurred after the start date of the grant.
    • Please note that 21st CCLC funds cannot be used to pay for school-related and school wide athletics, or organized competitive sports activities, league fees and all associated costs, salaries or district dues and are strictly prohibited and considered supplanting. Competitive [interscholastic] sports costs are costs that would have been covered previously through other means, and therefore prohibited under the 21st CCLC programs supplement-not-supplant statutory requirement.
    • Entertainment, refreshments, snacks: A field trip without the required academic support will be considered entertainment and not allowable. No overnight or out-of-state field trips are permitted.
    • Uniform Guidance § 200.421 œAdvertising and public relations-(a) the term advertising costs means the costs of advertising media and corollary administrative costs. Advertising media include magazines, newspapers, radio and television, direct mail, exhibits, electronic or computer transmittals, and the like. Applicants should review the Uniform Guidance for all points regarding advertising and public relations expenses.
    • No construction can be completed with funds received from the 21st CCLC program, including capital improvements or permanent renovations. Grant funds cannot be used to purchase facilities, support new construction, renovate existing space or acquire land.
    • Programs currently receiving subsidy from the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), which helps low-income families to pay their child care fees cannot receive both CCAP subsidy and 21st CCLC funds as this would be supplanting.
    • 21st CCLC funds cannot be used to supplant other funds and 21st CCLC staff (when paid with 21st CCLC funds) cannot serve in multiple afterschool programming capacities or receive multiple salaries.
    • Alcoholic beverages.
    • Bad debts.
    • Contingency provisions/reserves (except for those related to fringe benefits and determined using acceptable actuarial methods).
    • Defense of civil or criminal fraud charges.
    • Fund-raising to obtain capital or obtain contributions.
    • One 21st CCLC grantee or a consortium partner serving as another 21st CCLC grantees local evaluator could be a potential conflict of interest and is strictly prohibited.
    • Supplanting federal, state, or local funds (e.g., using grant dollars to fund summer school classes previously offered and paid for by district or other funds).
    • Direct charges for items/services that the indirect cost rate covers.
    • Mechanized or motorized vehicles of any kind
    • Purchase of furniture for the program or administrative staff (desk sets, computer lab furniture, tables, chairs etc.)
    • Dues to organizations, federations or societies and personal benefits.
    • Incentives for students or parents (e.g., plaques, trophies, stickers, t-shirts, give-a-ways).
    • Advertisements, Promotional or Marketing Items (flags, banners, radio advertisements, event planning).
    • Dining out for business meetings or lunches.
    • Supplanting Federal, state, or local funds (e.g., using grant dollars to fund summer school classes previously offered and paid for by district or other funds).
    • Applicants selected for funding are required to review the changes to the Uniform Guidance to familiarize them with what is not allowable under the new streamlined and consolidated eight existing OMB Circulars and be aware that all regulations contained within the document apply.


    Kenya Jenkins

    Kenya Jenkins
    1201 North Third Street
    Baton Rouge, LA 70802-5243
    (877) 453-2721

  • Eligibility Details

    Local educational agencies (LEA), community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, other public or private entities, or a consortia of such agencies, organizations, or entities shall be eligible to receive funds to provide services to low-income students and their families. Individual public schools shall not submit a proposal. They must apply through an LEA or other eligible entities and will be funded in only one contract. Public charter schools are eligible to apply for 21st CCLC funding.

    Deadline Details

    Applications are to be submitted by May 8, 2019. A similar deadline is anticipated, annually. Deadlines and program solicitations are available on eGrants. Applicants should log in and check for more info at

    Award Details

    Approximately $17,000,000 is to be available in FY 2019. Applicants may request funds ranging from $50,000 to $800,000. Proposers may use up to $1500 per student. The grant award will be for 36 months. Regardless of the size of the grant, proposed costs must be reasonable and necessary to carry out the programs purposes and objectives. 

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