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Cohort 11

The Cohort 11 Request for Application for the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grant is now open!

CDE will award approximately $3 million in 21st CCLC funding for Cohort 11. Grants awards will range from $50,000 to $180,000 per year per center. Grant applications will be accepted via online submission through CDE’s new grant management system, GAINS. The grant application window will close on Thursday, February 15, 2024.  The Intent to Apply is due Thursday, February 1, 2024. Although strongly encouraged, completion of the Intent to Apply is not a required component of the application process.

The 21st CCLC grant competition will align with the launch of the new Colorado Academic Accelerator Program (CO-AAP) grant. Use this crosswalk to determine the similarities and differences of 21st CCLC and CO-AAP. Find out more about the CO-AAP grant here. 


Cohort 11 Grant Application Materials

The following application materials will be used by applicants for the Cohort 11 grant competition.

Access the 21st CCLC Cohort 11 RFA – Reference Document (Word) 

Access the 21st CCLC Cohort 11 RFA – Reference Document (PDF) 

Access the 21st CCLC Cohort 11 RFA – CDE GAINS Online Application 


GAINS Training and Forms


Funding Priority

For Cohort 11, funding priority will be given to 21st CCLC programs serving high-poverty, low-performing schools. Entities receiving priority in this funding opportunity are those that propose to serve high-poverty, low-performing schools, as evidenced by:

  • Schools with a K-12th grade Free and Reduced Lunch rate of 40 percent and above in 2022-23; and
  • Schools Identified for Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CS) or Targeted Support and Improvement (TS) in 2022-23.

See the list of Priority Schools for Cohort 11 – NEW!

Other Priority Areas for Cohort 11 are:

  1. Rural school districts;
  2. Fifth-day programs* for school districts and schools who have a four-day school week;
  3. High schools serving grades 9-12 with dropout rates higher than the state average or graduation/completion rates lower than the state average; or K-12 schools with chronic absenteeism rates higher than the state average;
  4. Programs prioritizing highly mobile youth* or other disadvantaged, marginalized, and/or historically underserved youth* in their proposed 21st CCLC program(s); and
  5. New applicants that have not been funded through 21st CCLC in the last five years, OR applicants with programs that have high-quality past performance.

NEW! CDE released 2022-2023 data for dropout, graduation, chronic absenteeism, and student mobility on January 9, 2024. Applicants will find relevant 2022-2023 data reports on the following CDE webpages:

Readiness Assessment

To help potential applicants evaluate their capacity to apply for Cohort 11, CDE has created the Readiness Assessment Tool.

All applicants are encouraged to complete this tool prior to applying for 21st CCLC grant funds. However, this self-assessment is to be used by potential applicants internally and will not be submitted to CDE as part of the application submission or process. CDE will not use this completed tool as part of the review process in consideration of awarding funds to applicants.

Available Technical Assistance

In addition to the resources listed on the 21st CCLC webpages, CDE provided the following technical assistance resources for the Cohort 11 grant competition.

Cohort 11 Weekly Office Hours - The 21st CCLC team will hold weekly office hours on Tuesdays from 9:00am-9:30am starting on January 9, 2024. Meeting links can be found below, and the office hours will be recorded and posted here.

Stakeholder Engagement

CDE conducted a feedback survey and several focus groups to inform improvements to the Request for Applications (RFA) and grant competitions for Cohort 10 and Cohort 11.