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OSSE Division of Education Excellence Announces 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program Grants

Wednesday, March 12, 2008
The deadline for submission is Friday, April 25, 2008

(Washington, DC) The District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s (OSSE) Office of Federal Grants Programs is soliciting applications to establish 21st Century Community Learning Centers. The purpose of these centers is to increase the academic achievement of students in reading/language arts, mathematics, and science.  Additionally, the centers may offer youth development programs and activities that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students by providing safe, caring, learning environments during out-of-school hours. Drug and violence prevention, art, music, and recreation, character education, technology and community service are examples of activities that can be provided. Programs must also offer families of students served opportunities for literacy and related educational development. The 21st CCLC Program is authorized under Part B of Title IV of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (Public Law 107-110).

Eligibility:  Local Education Agencies, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, private schools, and District government agencies (such as Department of Parks and Recreation) are eligible to apply. As mandated by Federal law, priority is given to applicants who propose to target services to students who (a)  attend schools in need of improvement and (b) submit a joint application with at least one (1) LEA receiving Title I funds and one (1) community-based organization or other private entity. 

State Application Priority: The OSSE has identified the following priorities for this year’s competition:

  • Required: Applications that include evidence of meaningful and timely consultation with the private school community in the development of the proposed center
  • Applications that propose to use qualified senior volunteers in carrying out center activities
  • Applications that propose to significantly incorporate a research-based after-school science curriculum

Length of Awards:  Grant awards will be made for a period of five (5) years, pending funding availability and the center’s satisfactory implementation of the proposed program.

Available Funding for Awards:  The amount available for this award period is approximately $500,000.00.

Anticipated Number of Awards:  It is anticipated that OSSE will have funding available for approximately one to three new awards. Those awarded will join the 18 current award recipients delivering services in 36 sites. 

The Request for Applications (RFA) will be released on Thursday, March 6, 2008, and the deadline for submission is Friday, April 25, 2008 at 4:00 pm. The RFA is available from the Division of Education Excellence at (202) 741-6401, or click the following link to download and complete the RFA.

Applicants are required to attend one of three Pre-Application Conferences to be held from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Wednesday, March 19, 2008; Saturday, March 29, 2008; and Tuesday, April 8, 2008.  All Pre-Application Conferences will be held in the Old Council Chamber, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th Street, NW, Ground Floor, Washington, DC, 20001. Failure to attend one of the Pre-Application Conferences will disqualify applicants.

For additional information regarding this competition, please contact Ms. Ashaki Goodall or Ms. Lisa Williams at (202) 741-6401.

The District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is seeking experienced education professionals and committed community members to review grant proposals submitted for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Program.

If selected, reviewers will be required to participate in one of two training sessions scheduled for Friday, April 11, 2008 and Friday, April 18, 2008. Reviewers outside the District of Columbia will participate via a conference call.  Reviewers will receive notification of their selection no later than Friday, March 28, 2008. It is anticipated that reviewers will be asked to review three applications and will begin the actual review process by Friday, May 2, 2008 and submit comments and rubric information by Friday, May 9, 2008. If interested, additional opportunities may be available to participate in on-site interviews of applicant finalists.

To ensure diverse representation of expertise, we are recruiting a broad range of reviewers to participate in this service opportunity. If you are interested in serving as a reviewer, please complete the attached reviewer application forms below, including the conflict of interest statement, and return it no later than Friday, March 21, 2008. You may also email Lisa Williams at [email protected] or Ashaki Goodall [email protected]  for additional information.

If you are aware of any other individuals who may be interested in participating as a volunteer peer reviewer, please feel free to forward the information below.