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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.
GAINS Training and Forms
- GAINS Training Webpage
- 21st CCLC GAINS Walk-Through
- Charter School GAINS Access Request Form
- Non-District Organization GAINS Access Request Form
- Questions: GAINS@cde.state.co.us
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.
Other Priority Areas for Cohort 11 are:
- Rural school districts;
- Fifth-day programs* for school districts and schools who have a four-day school week;
- 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;
- Programs prioritizing highly mobile youth* or other disadvantaged, marginalized, and/or historically underserved youth* in their proposed 21st CCLC program(s); and
- 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:
- Graduation and Completion Data for the 2022-2023 School Year
- Dropout Rates for the 2022-23 School Year
- Mobility and Stability Rates for the 2022-23 Academic Year
- Colorado Chronic Absenteeism by District - CDE tracks this information only at the district level, but you can contact the school directly for this information for all participating schools/proposed centers. The link to view a school district’s absenteeism rate is https://www.cde.state.co.us/dropoutprevention/attendanceandtruancy. Please see Appendix I, Glossary of Terms, for more on Chronic Absenteeism.
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.
- Application webinar recording
- 21st CCLC Cohort 11 GAINS Walk Through
- Cohort 11 FAQs
- GAINS Training & Office Hours
- Cohort 11 Narrative Response Template
- Application Planning Tools - these optional tools are to assist application development for the 21st CCLC Cohort 11 Request for Applications and are not required attachments for the application.
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.
- Tuesday, January 9 Recording
- Tuesday, January 16 Recording
- Tuesday, January 23 Recording
- Tuesday, January 30 Recording
- Tuesday, February 6 Recording
- Tuesday, February 13 Recording
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.