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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 11-1824


21st Century Community Learning Center 2011-12; Request for Proposals; Opening of the Online Application for Cohort 6

[41 Pa.B. 5756]
[Saturday, October 29, 2011]

 The Department of Education (Department) announces the availability of the 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) 2011-12 Request for Proposals (RFP) and the opening of the 2011-12 21st CCLC eGrants online application for Cohort 6.

 The 21st CCLC program is authorized under Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (act) (Pub. L. No. 107-110), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The 21st CCLC program provides Federal funding for the establishment of community learning centers that provide academic, artistic and cultural enrichment opportunities for children. The 21st CCLC program targets students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools to provide them with aid in meeting State and local academic standards. Programs also offer literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.

 Grantees and all sites must provide academic enrichment activities to students attending high-poverty schools to help them meet State and local standards in core content areas, such as reading, math and science.

Application Requirements

 The application for new grants are available at and will be due no later than 5 p.m. on November 8, 2011.

Submission Process


 All applications for 21st CCLC program funding must be submitted electronically through the Department's eGrants system. Applications will not be accepted by mail, e-mail, facsimile or any method other than the approved eGrants submission. Print a paper copy of the completed application for the applicant's records. Following submission through the eGrants system, applicants will be able to print guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions, as well as the proposal narratives, assurances and budget summaries in the eGrants system.

 Eligible entities may apply for funding on behalf of one or more public schools within the applicant's district through a single eGrant application process.

 1. Notify the Department by e-mail or fax of the grantees intent to submit an application. Include the legal name of entity and either the AUN (school districts/charter schools/IUs) or EIN# (all other organizations) for the lead organization. Due date: October 28, 2011.

 2. Complete and submit the online application prior to 5 p.m. on November 8, 2011.

Pre-Proposal Conferences

 To assist eligible entities in completing the RFPs, the Department hosted a series of 21st CCLC onsite and online pre-grant workshops throughout October. Pre-grant workshops were held at the following locations: Appalachia Intermediate Unit #8, Altoona; Allegheny Intermediate Unit #3, Homestead; Midwestern Intermediate Unit #4, Grove City; BLAST Intermediate Unit #17, Williamsport; Northeast Eductional Intermediate Unit #19, Archbald; and Delaware CountyIntermediate Unit #25, Morton.

Webinar (Online): The October 17, 2011, grant webinar was recorded and archived for viewing by all applicants. The link for the recording is posted for viewing on the Department's web site at

 • Viewable at

 • No password is necessary

 • Click on the ''21st Century Community Learning Centers Pre-Grant Workshop'' link to view.


 In keeping with the 21st CCLC Non-Regulatory Guidance, that larger grants often precipitate more effective programs, applicants may request funds ranging from a minimum of $50,000 to a maximum of $500,000, but cannot exceed $500,000 based upon the $1,200 per student funding formula, which includes administrative and transportation costs. No funds will be available for summer only applicants in this grant round.

Amount of Funding Available: Approximately $19,000,000
Grant Awards: Minimum $50,000; maximum $500,000 (per year for 3 years)
Period of Availability for Year 1: December 1, 2011—September 30, 2012

Eligible Applicants

 Federal law mandates, per section 4203(a)(3) of the act, that any public or private organization may apply for 21st CCLC funding if it proposes to serve:

 1. Students who primarily attend either:

 a. Schools eligible for schoolwide programs under (Title I) Section 1114.

 b. Schools that serve a high percentage of students (at least 40 percent) from low-income families.

 2. The families of those students previously described.

Eligible Participants

 Eligible participants are public, private and nonpublic school students, both boys and girls, prekindergarten through 12th grade. Programs should target the ages and grades deemed to be at greatest risk and those students who are academically below proficiency. It is mandated that eligible entities collaborate with local education agencies when applying for funds.

Due Date

 All applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on November 8, 2011. The online eGrants application will be deactivated at 5:01 p.m. on November 8, 2011. No extensions will be granted.

Submission of Copies for Peer Review

 After submitting the online grant, the applicant must print the grant application and make three copies. An envelope containing three copies of the applicant's 21st Century Community Learning Centers Application must physically arrive at the Department's Division of Federal Programs by 5 p.m. on November 14, 2011, according to the following options:

 Print and mail three copies of the submitted application to:

United States Postal Service Delivery,
 Postmarked: No later than November 9, 2011
 To: Pennsylvania Department of Education
 Division of Federal Programs
 Attn: Cindy Rhoades, 21st Century Century Commu  nity Learning Centers Manager
 333 Market Street, 7th Floor
 Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333

United States Postal Service Priority/Overnight Delivery,  FedEx, UPS, and the like
 Mail Date: November 9, 2011
 To: Pennsylvania Department of Education
 Division of Federal Programs
 Attn: Cindy Rhoades, 21st Century Century Commu  nity Learning Centers Manager
 333 Market Street, 7th Floor
 Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333

Hand Delivered with Receipt Issued
 Hand to: Erin Oberdorf or
Daniella Care
 Pennsylvania Department of Education
 Division of Federal Programs
 333 Market Street, 7th Floor
 Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
 Deadline: 5 p.m. on November 14, 2011

Note: Failure to receive the paper copies of the submitted application by the deadline will result in the disqualification of the grant and failure to proceed to the peer review.

Application Information

 Detailed information outlining grant terms and conditions, pertinent regulations and the application process is contained in the 2011-12, 21st CCLC RPF, which can be accessed at:, the eGrants system at or e-mail a request to

 For additional program information, contact Susan D'Annunzio, 21st CCLC Program Supervisor, Department of Education, 333 Market Street, 5th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333, (717) 346-3186, fax (717) 783-4392 or


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 11-1824. Filed for public inspection October 28, 2011, 9:00 a.m.]

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