Availability of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers 2017—2020
May 01, 2017
Availability of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers 2017—2020 Request for Applications and 21st Century Community Learning Centers Cohort 9 Grant Paper Application and Instructions
[47 Pa.B. 2446]
[Saturday, April 29, 2017]
The Department of Education (Department) announces the availability of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) 2017—2020 Request for Applications (RFA) and the 21st CCLC Cohort 9 Grant Paper Application and Instructions for 2017—2020. The Cohort 9 application for the 21st CCLC grant will be created, submitted, collected and competed by a paper application process.
The purpose of the 21st CCLC program is to provide opportunities for communities to establish or to expand activities in community learning centers that:
1. Provide opportunities for academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students, particularly students who attend low-performing schools, to meet the challenging State academic standards.
2. Offer students a broad array of additional services, programs and activities, such as youth development activities, service learning, nutrition and health education, drug and violence prevention programs, counseling programs, arts, music, physical fitness and wellness programs, technology education programs, financial literacy programs, environmental literacy programs, mathematics, science, career and technical programs, internship or apprenticeship programs, and other ties to an in-demand industry sector or occupation for high school students that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students.
3. Offer families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their children’s education, including opportunities for literacy and related educational development.
Prior to Grant Award
All potential applicants must complete the following steps:
1. Notify the Department by e-mail of the applicant’s intent to submit an application. Include the legal name of entity, and either the AUN (school districts/charter schools/intermediate units) or Employer Identification Number (all other organizations) and vendor number for the lead organization. Specify in the letter of intent to apply the target population to be served including grade levels, proposed site locations, district and school names, community based organization partners, and the like. E-mail the letter of intent to Susan D’Annunzio at firstname.lastname@example.org. The due date is Thursday, May 4, 2017. Note this is due prior to the paper application submission deadline. No extensions will be granted.
2. If the agency is not a school district, charter school or intermediate unit, or never received a grant in prior cohorts, the agency will need to register for a vendor number. Nonprocurement entities can apply for a brand new vendor number usingwww.vendorregistration.state.pa.us. Applicants must have a vendor number at the time they submit an application for funding to do business with the Commonwealth and so that the applicants can eventually be paid by the Commonwealth, if their application is selected for funding. Once applicants have a vendor number, applicants will provide the vendor number on the Title Page form and grant agreement document. Applicants who already have a vendor number to do business with the Commonwealth will use the previously received vendor number.
3. Include the data universal number system (DUNS) number. DUNS is a unique nine-digit identifier for businesses. In accordance with the Federal Fiscal Accountability Transparency Act (FFATA), all grant recipients must have a valid DUNS number and must also be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM), the successor to the Central Contractor Registration database. DUNS numbers are issued by Dun and Bradstreet and are available for free to all entities required to register under FFATA.
Applicants are required to submit their DUNS number and expiration date of their SAM registration as part of the EWEG application and must certify that they will ensure that their SAM registration will remain active for the entire grant period.
4. Consult with all eligible nonpublic entities located within the attendance area of the local education agency regarding participation in the proposed 21st CCLC program. Complete and submit the Certification of Nonpublic Involvement Form located in Appendix A of the 21st CCLC Grant RFA and Guidance for FY 2017—2020. Provide eligible nonpublic entities adequate time before the application due date to receive and respond to the Certification of Nonpublic Involvement Form. The equitable participation and nonpublic involvement should be an ongoing process and applicants selected for funding will be required to retain documentation of all dates of verbal, written and oral communication. Charter schools need not complete this process.
5. Register to attend one preproposal workshop. One preproposal workshop will be simultaneously broadcast from Harrisburg Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) on Monday, May 8, 2017, to the Malvern and Pittsburgh PaTTAN locations. Registration instruction can be found on page 70 of the 21st CCLC 2017—2020 RFA.
6. Review the United States Department of Education’s Non-Regulatory Guidance document section F-16:
Students, teachers, and other educational personnel are eligible to participate in 21st CCLC programs on an equitable basis. A public school or other public or private organization that is awarded a grant must provide equitable services to private school students and their families. In designing a program that meets this requirement, grantees must provide comparable opportunities for the participation of both public- and private-school students in the area served by the grant. Grantees must consult with private school officials during the design and development of the 21st CCLC program on issues such as how the children’s needs will be identified and what services will be offered. Services and benefits provided to private school students must be secular, neutral, and non-ideological.
7. Review the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) (Pub.L. No. 114-95) for changes that will impact 21st CCLC program implementation effective July 1, 2017.
The 2017—2020 21st CCLC application and all attachments are available online on the Department’s 21st CCLC web site at www.education.pa.gov (Keywords: 21st CCLC). Applications for the 2017—2020 Cohort 9 21st CCLC grant will be created, submitted, collected and competed by a paper application process. Applications received with all required documents by 12 p.m. on the due date of May 26, 2017, at the Division of Student Services will proceed to the peer review and will be rated on the criteria contained in this document and in the 2017—2020 Paper Application and Instructions document. The narrative format of the proposal must follow the same order as the application evaluation criteria listed as follows. Applications that do not follow this required format order will not be reviewed and will be disqualified from the competitive process without exception. Applications missing any required attachments will be disqualified. All applicants are encouraged to follow the 2017—2020 RFA Guidelines.
Applicants are required to complete each section of the 21st CCLC paper application explained in the 21st Cohort 9 Grant Paper Application and Instructions for 2017—2020 document and submit the completed application to Maribel Martinez at the Department’s Division of Student Services at the address listed as follows by 12 p.m. on Friday, May 26, 2017. No sections of the paper application are optional. Faxed and e-mailed copies will not be accepted. Originals, paper copies and attachments received after the deadline will not be reviewed. Failure to submit the required number of application copies by the deadline or to include copies of all attachments and narrative sections will result in the disqualification of the grant application and denial to proceed to the peer review. Applicants must submit one original and four copies of the completed narrative application with attachments and required signatory documents to Maribel Martinez, Fiscal Technician, Department of Education, Division of Student Services, 333 Market Street, 5th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333.
Applications may be hand delivered to the Department at the previous address, or sent by overnight mail or United States Mail. All applications must be postmarked as received by the Department no later than the 12 p.m. deadline on May 26, 2017, to proceed to the peer review. Note that grant applications received through application overnight mail submission and or travel to the Department is not a reimbursable expense under any cohort.
The Department will conduct one preproposal workshop in the Harrisburg area and two additional preproposal workshops will be simultaneously live-streamed to additional locations throughout this Commonwealth at PaTTAN Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Malvern on May 8, 2017. All applicants are required to attend one preproposal meeting, including prior grantees, where the Department will provide information about the goals and priorities of the 21st CCLC, application procedures, evaluation criteria and technical assistance and resource information about high quality programming. Registration instructions can be found on page 70 of the 2017—2020 RFA Guidelines and the 21st CCLC Cohort 9 Grant Paper Application and Instructions for 2017—2020 posted on the Department’s 21st CCLC web site atwww.education.pa.gov and the Center for Schools and Communities web site atwww.21stcclc.org.
The Department will have approximately $18 million available for Cohort 9 grants. Applicants may choose to provide out-of-school time programming (for example, before school, afterschool, holidays, weekends and summer school services) focused on providing opportunities for academic enrichment, including tutorial services to assist students, particularly those who attend low performing schools and to assist them in meeting the challenging academic standards in prekindergarten through grade 12. The performance measures of school attendance, classroom performance or reduced disciplinary referrals, or both, and meeting State and local academic achievement standards in reading, math and science must be addressed by all applicants.
Applicants may request funds ranging from a minimum of $50,000 to a maximum of up to $400,000. Programs that propose to provide both school year and summer programming are more powerful for results and data; therefore, no funds will be available for applicants who do not propose a minimum of 6 weeks of summer programming. There will be no summer-only applicants in this grant round.
Federal Funding Priorities
As mandated by the ESSA, highest funding priority will be given to applications:
(A) proposing to target services to—
(i) students who primarily attend schools that:
(I) are implementing comprehensive support and improvement activities or targeted support and improvement activities under section 1111(d) or other schools determined by the local educational agency to be in need of intervention and support to improve student academic achievement and other outcomes [priority and focus schools]; and
(II) enroll students who may be at risk for academic failure, dropping out of school, involvement in criminal or delinquent activities, or who lack strong positive role models; and
(ii) the families of students described in clause (i);
(B) submitted jointly by eligible entities consisting of not less than 1—(i) local educational agency receiving funds under part A of title I; and
(ii) another eligible entity; and
(C) demonstrating that the activities proposed in the application—
(i) are, as of the date of the submission of the application, not accessible to students who would be served; or
(ii) would expand accessibility to high-quality services that may be available in the community.
(2) Special Rule—The State educational agency shall provide the same priority under paragraph (1) to an application submitted by a local educational agency if the local educational agency demonstrates that it is unable to partner with a community-based organization in reasonable geographic proximity and of sufficient quality to meet the requirements of this part.
(3) Limitation—A State educational agency may not give a priority or a preference to eligible entities that seek to use funds made available under this part to extend the regular school day.
(j) Renewability of Awards—A State educational agency may renew a subgrant provided under this part to an eligible entity, based on the eligible entity’s performance during the preceding subgrant period.
In determining whether an application has been ”submitted jointly,” the Department will look for evidence of:
a. Collaboration in the planning and design of the program.
b. Substantial roles for each partner in the delivery of services and management and oversight of the program.
c. Shared grant resources to carry out roles.
d. One partner serving as the fiscal agent.
e. Integration with the regular school day program.
Only one contract will be issued for each application selected for funding, even for joint proposals. Communities or organizations may apply together to share resources, so long as statutory requirements are met. The Department has determined that for the purpose of the 21st CCLC grant, the following constitute an eligible consortium: two or more individual companies; community based organizations; service related organizations; or educational entities that partner together to benefit the students at the educational site locations targeted for program implementation for the purpose of the grant and who actively contribute to and collaborate on the 21st CCLC-funded project.
Only one partner will be named as the grantee if selected for funding and will have the fiduciary and fiscal responsibilities for the grant. Consequently, every joint application must identify only one organization to be designated as the grantee and the fiscal agent on behalf of all members of the consortium. That entity will have fiscal and contractual responsibility for carrying out the proposed grant program. The Department strongly encourages joint collaborators to identify a grantee that has expertise in managing the fiscal and contractual obligations required by 21st CCLC. Organizations do not have to demonstrate prior experience in providing afterschool programs to be eligible to apply for a grant but must, however, describe the likelihood of successful implementation and the capability to provide activities and services outlined in the proposal. Members seeking payment for services will be considered providers rather than partners. Letters of endorsement are not by themselves sufficient evidence that organizations or school districts have substantially been involved in the design of a program. Letters of support of applications received will not be reviewed as part of the peer review process. Refrain from submitting letters of support.
The Commonwealth’s Funding Priority
For the purposes of this application the Commonwealth will award funds to applicants proposing to provide services to designated focus and priority schools in the lowest 5% to 10% of Title I. All applicants must meet this Commonwealth priority to receive highest funding priority consideration. Highest funding priority will be given to qualified applicants proposing to provide afterschool services before school, afterschool, during the summer and holidays to academically struggling students attending schools designated as ”priority” or ”focus” schools with school performance profile scores in the lowest 5% to 10% of Title I schools and will receive the highest funding priority consideration for 21st CCLC funds.
Up to 110 additional priority points could be assigned to applications demonstrating prior program experience and that propose highest quality programming for the priority area targeted. Following are the additional priority areas:
The 2017—2020 additional Commonwealth priorities for 21st CCLC funding:
1. STEM/STEAM: Preference for funding will be given to qualified applicants with demonstrated prior experience and success in providing services to elementary, middle (6—8) and high school (9—12) students in grades 2—12 who propose offering programs that build skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics STEM, including computer science, and that foster innovation in learning by supporting nontraditional STEM education teaching methods. Applicants could be eligible for up to 20 extra priority points based on the quality of their proposal.
2. Workforce/Career Readiness/College Readiness: Preference for funding will be given to qualified applicants with demonstrated prior experience and success in providing services to middle and high school students in grades 9—12 that partner with in-demand fields of the local workforce or build career competencies and career readiness and ensure that local workforce and career readiness skills are aligned with the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Pub.L. No. 109-270) and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (29 U.S.C.A. §§ 3101—3361) and assist students in preparing for meaningful engagement in preparing for postsecondary education, workforce training, career pathways and increase college and career readiness. Note that grant funds cannot be used to pay for shadowing and or internships for students and it must occur in an out of school time setting.
Applicants must document evidence of expanding career connections for students while promoting career-technical and college routes. Career and college readiness programming must offer the following: alignment with realistic college attendance aspirations; academic planning for college and career readiness; academic enrichment opportunities to improve grades and college or technical school eligibility; offer assistance in paper and online applications; helping students to prepare for careers and technical school or college; provide structured homework help; college counseling services and afterschool and summer learning programs also provide engaging learning opportunities for youth by connecting learning to careers; college; and other future plans. Applicants could be eligible for up to 20 extra priority points based on the quality of their proposal.
3. Transitional Vocational/Technical Services Planning: Preference for funding will be given to qualified applicants with demonstrated prior experience and success in providing transitional planning services to middle school students in grades 6—12. Transitional planning will involve deliberate sustainable planning between these entities and exploring means to identify student’s talents, interests and to provide resources and training reinforced by interaction with local business and industry partners during afterschool hours to emphasize the importance of vocational/technical skills and specific career clusters offered through pursuing career and technical education. Afterschool applicants selected for funding will assist in identifying student post-secondary careers, career acquisition, career retention and advancement and developing tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. Applicants could be eligible for up to 20 extra priority points based on the quality of their proposal.
4. High School Credit Recovery: Preference for funding will be given to qualified applicants offering credit recovery to high school students in grades 9—12 through a blended approach. An applicant may propose to use 21st CCLC program funds for a before or afterschool program or activity for which participants may receive credit toward high school graduation requirements if: (1) the program or activity is an expansion of the options for receiving high school credit in a particular area that would not have been provided without the 21st CCLC program; and (2) the program or activity does not replace or reduce the courses and programs normally provided by a local school district or private school (for example, there is no reduction in the course offerings or costs in that particular academic area). Note that drop-in programs are unallowable, credit recovery students must attend the program for all portions of the program and credit recovery must include a blended approach of face-to-face instructor-led components and online programming. The online component cannot be 100% of the teaching methodology. Refer to the Credit Recovery Toolkit in the Standard Aligned System. High school credit recovery programs should align with the Department Credit Recovery Toolkit. Applicants could be eligible for up to 20 extra priority points based on the quality of their proposal.
Note: It is important to note that it is the responsibility of the entity or district to award the credit. Application must include a letter of agreement between the local educational agency (LEA) and the grantee clarifying the responsibility of recording the credits.
5. Underserved Geographic Locations: Preference for funding will be given to qualified applicants proposing services to K—12 students located in the following counties identified by the Department as those that do not currently have 21st CCLC programs or have not received recent funding as an applicant or part of a consortium: Armstrong, Beaver, Blair, Butler, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Huntington, Jefferson, Juniata, Lycoming, Mercer, Mifflin, Montour, Pike, Potter, Somerset, Sullivan, Snyder, Tioga, Union, Wayne and Wyoming. Preference for funding will be given to qualified applications from communities across this Commonwealth that are not currently receiving 21st CCLC funding. To qualify for this priority, no member of the consortium group or any single applicant agency, district or community based agency will have received a 21st CCLC grant under any name since 2010. Applicants could be eligible for up to 30 extra priority points based on the quality of their proposal.
Note that applicants are not permitted to divest more than 20% of the total grant award to any single entity, including partners, collaborators or subgrantees. At a minimum, applicants must maintain direct control of 51% of the total grant award or more during the entire grant cycle. Additionally, applicants are not allowed to divest oversight of the program administration or implementation to another agency, this includes existing 21st CCLC programs and other agencies in a subgrant process. These funds may not be used as a pass-through to another agency to operate a 21st CCLC program.
Period of Availability
The grant period will range from October 1, 2017, to September 30, 2020.
The total grant period is 3 years, which is anticipated to begin October 1, 2017, and endSeptember 30, 2020, subject to availability of funds from the United States Department of Education and satisfactory performance of the grantee in the previous year. Following the initial award, subsequent award years will be contingent upon: (1) availability of funding from the specific funding authority; (2) satisfactory performance by the grantee as evaluated by the Department; and (3) compliance with all grant requirements and meeting all conditions set forth within the 21st CCLC 2017—2020 RFA and Guidance and 21st Cohort 9 Grant Paper Application and Instructions for 2017—2020 for which funding was provided.
Any public or private organization that meets the eligibility requirements can apply for 21st CCLC funding. This includes public school districts, charter schools, private schools, nonprofit agencies, city or county government agencies, faith-based organizations, institutions of higher education, Indian tribes or tribal organizations, and for-profit corporations. All programs must be implemented through a partnership that includes at least one LEA receiving funds under Part A of Title I and at least one nonprofit agency, city or county government agency, faith-based organization, institution of higher education, Indian tribe or tribal organization, or for-profit corporation with a demonstrated record of success in designing and implementing before school, afterschool, summer learning or expanded learning time activities.
All applicants must target students in the lowest 5% to 10% of Title I schools or those listed as focus and priority schools. To be eligible for this grant, at least 85% of the students an applicant is proposing to serve must attend:
1. Schools implementing comprehensive supports and improvement activities or targeted support and improvement activities under section 1111(d) of the ESSA or other schools determined by the LEA to be in need of intervention and support to improve student academic achievement and other outcomes.
2. Students who may be at risk for academic failure, dropping out of school, involvement in criminal or delinquent activities, or who lack strong positive role models.
3. Other schools determined by the LEA to be in need of intervention and the families of these students.
4. Entities that propose in the application to serve students described as eligible for schoolwide programs under Title I, section 1114 of the ESSA and the families of these students or for the purposes of this RFA, ”local educational agencies” are defined as public schools and districts, private schools and charter schools.
A complete list of eligible schools, as of February 1, 2017, can be located athttp://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/account/consolidated/sy12-13part2/papf.pdf.
Current cohort 7 and 8 grantees are eligible to apply, but cannot duplicate services of their current grants or propose to provide services to the identical target population of students. Cohort 9 applicants selected for funding are not eligible to amend their target populations to include current cohort 7 or 8 grants once funding for previously awarded grants has ended.
Authorized Extended Learning Opportunities
An approved entity that receives an award from the Department may use the funds to carry out a broad array of activities that advance student academic achievement and support student success, including before school and afterschool, summer, Saturdays and holiday programming. A minimum of 50% of daily programming must directly target reading, math and science enrichment with the balance of activities occuring on a rotational basis. No student can be removed from regularly scheduled instructional hours to participate in an extended learning opportunity. Per the ESSA:
Each eligible entity that receives an award under section 4204 may use the award funds to carry out a broad array of activities that advance student academic achievement and support student success, including—
(1) academic enrichment learning programs, mentoring programs, remedial education activities, and tutoring services, that are aligned with—
(A) the challenging State academic standards and any local academic standards; and
(B) local curricula that are designed to improve student academic achievement;
(2) well-rounded education activities, including such activities that enable students to be eligible for credit recovery or attainment [mathematics and science activities];
(3) literacy education programs, including financial literacy programs and environmental literacy programs;
(4) programs that support a healthy and active lifestyle, including nutritional education and regular, structured physical activity programs;
(5) services for individuals with disabilities;
(6) programs that provide after-school activities for students who are English learners that emphasize language skills and academic achievement;
(7) cultural programs;
(8) telecommunications and technology education programs;
(9) expanded library service hours;
(10) parenting skills programs that promote parental involvement and family literacy;
(11) programs that provide assistance to students who have been truant, suspended, or expelled to allow the students to improve their academic achievement;
(12) drug and violence prevention programs and counseling programs;
(13) programs that build skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (referred to in this paragraph as ‘STEM’), including computer science, and that foster innovation in learning by supporting nontraditional STEM education teaching methods; and
(14) programs that partner with in-demand fields of the local workforce or build career competencies and career readiness and ensure that local workforce and career readiness skills are aligned with the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (20 U.S.C. 2301 et seq.) and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (29 U.S.C. 3101 et seq.).
(15) extended learning time (ELT) is the time that an LEA extends its normal school day, week or year to provide additional instruction or educational programs for all students beyond the State-mandated requirements for the minimum to support ELT. This must be expanded at the district level for 300 hours, if selecting this option.
Per the ESSA, which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (Pub.L. No. 89-10):
The term ‘external organization’ means:
(A) a nonprofit organization with a record of success in running or working with before and after school (or summer recess) programs and activities; or
(B) in the case of a community where there is no such organization, a nonprofit organization in the community that enters into a written agreement or partnership with an organization described in subparagraph (A) to receive mentoring and guidance in running or working with before and after school (or summer recess) programs and activities.
The Department is implementing this Statewide opportunity for nonprofit organizations in this Commonwealth to submit an external organization profile application to be vetted and included on a list of prescreened eligible providers with specific expertise in one or more of the following resource areas pertaining to afterschool programming: quality programming and allowable activities; youth development and empowerment; human relationships and development; health, wellness, safety and nutrition; literacy education; cultural competency and inclusion; parent and community engagement; program management and administration; sustainability planning; workforce development/career college readiness; and implementing quality programming. This includes all currently funded nonprofit institutions that have previously received an award as well as those that are in the middle of a current 3-year cohort cycle. Information on the prequalification process will be sent to all nonprofit institutions in this Commonwealth.
Detailed information outlining grant terms, conditions and additional program requirements, program eligibility, pertinent regulations including expenditure guidelines, evaluation and program accountability requirements, and additional resources are contained in the complete 21st CCLCs Grant RFA and Guidance for Fiscal Years 2017—2020 and in the 21st CCLCs Cohort 9 Grant Paper Application and Instructions for 2017—2020 which can be accessed by:
- Visiting the Department’s web site at www.education.pa.gov (Keywords: 21st CCLC).
- E-mail additional questions to RA-21stCCLC@pa.gov.
Due Process for Unsuccessful Applicants
Under 34 CFR 76.401 (relating to disapproval of an application—opportunity for a hearing), the Department must provide an opportunity for a hearing if the applicant alleges that the ”[a]pproval of or failure to approve the application or project” violates a Federal statute or regulation. Under 34 CFR 76.401 the Department must provide an opportunity for a hearing if the applicant alleges that the ”[a]pproval of or failure to approve the application or project” violates a Federal statute or regulation.
- Upon written request, applicants not selected for funding may submit a request on agency letterhead to the Department within 4 weeks of award notification requesting information on the ranking and scoring of their application to email@example.com. Include the name of the applicant agency in the request.
- Applicants have 30 days from the time they are informed of their right to a hearing to request a hearing.
- The Department will conduct that hearing within 30 days of the request for a hearing. The Department will issue a final written ruling within 10 days from the date of the hearing, including findings and reasons for the final ruling.
- If the Department does not rescind its ruling, the applicant may apply to the Secretary of the United States Department of Education within 20 days of the applicant receiving a written notification of the results of the hearing.
- The Department will make available records pertaining to the review or appeal process, including the records of other applicants.
For additional program information contact Department of Education, Susan D’Annunzio, 21st CCLC Program Supervisor, 333 Market Street, 5th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333,(717) 346-3186, fax (717) 783-4392, firstname.lastname@example.org.