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Colorado Academic Accelerator Grant: CO-AAP

Applications open Friday, December 15th for the Colorado Academic Accelerator Program!

The CO-AAP grant program seeks to establish or expand community learning centers that will accelerate student learning by providing academic support and enrichment as well as family engagement activities in Out of School Time programs focused on STEM, particularly math and science. 

OST programs are regularly attended by students and their families when school is not in session. 

CDE will award approximately $8 million in Colorado Academic Accelerator Program funds this year. 

Applicants to this grant may apply for up to $180,000 per center per year. 

The CO-AAP application will open by Friday, December 15th and is due on Thursday, February 15th.

Need to know the differences and similarities of COAAP and 21stCCLC? Check out this informative CROSSWALK

To learn more about this grant, technical assistance opportunities, tools and resources for applying, you can REGISTER to attend our weekly office hours on Thursdays from 9-9:30 am starting on December 7th, 2023. 

Use the contact information at the bottom of this page with any questions you may have.



The CO-AAP grant is authorized through the Math In Pre-kindergarten Through Twelfth Grade law (C.R.S. 22-2-146.6). This grant program seeks to increase students’ proficiency and achievement in science, technology, engineering, and math through their participation in academic and enrichment activities occurring in funded community learning centers during out-of-school time (before school, after school, summer, etc.). Through their funded community learning centers, eligible entities will:

  • Provide opportunities for free academic enrichment and support activities, which must include providing tutorial services to help students, particularly students who attend high-needs schools, as determined by the department, to meet rigorous state academic standards, specifically in stem and mathematics, and to increase proficiencies in mathematics outcomes; and
  • Offer families of students opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in students' education, including opportunities for mathematics literacy and related educational development.

Eligible entities to apply for CO-AAP are: 

  • a local educational agency (LEA, or public school district)
  • a Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES)
  • the Charter School Institute (CSI)
  • community-based organization (CBO) 
  • Indian tribe or tribal organization (as such terms are defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Act (25 U.S.C. 450b),
  • another public or private entity, or 
  • a consortium of two or more such agencies, organizations, or entities.

According to statute, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) is required to prioritize grant applicants that:

  • Adopt intervention strategies;
  • Use evidence-informed programs that build student skills in STEM and mathematics;
  • Use digital math accelerator programs;
  • Serve high-needs students, as determined by the department;
  • Have an established presence and relationship in the community; and
  • Have demonstrated in the application how the eligible entity will meet the needs of diverse student populations.

CDE will award approximately $24 million in state funds over the three-year grant period. It is anticipated that awarded applicants in year one will receive funds for the second and third year of the grant program as well.

The application window opens in mid-December 2023 and applications will be due mid-February 2024. 

In the meantime, please visit Improving Mathematics Outcomes in K-12 to learn more about how CDE plans to implement various aspects of the Math In Pre-kindergarten Through Twelfth Grade law.

Contact Us

Jozette Martinez OST Program Specialist | (720) 467-0493

Rachel Messersmith OST Program Specialist | (720) 467-0457