Applicant Information

Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers

State Grant Program Application Timeline

Many states around the country are conducting competitions to award Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center grants. The State Contact List now includes links to State websites and recent RFPs.

Eligible Entities

Eligible entities include local education agency, community-based organizations, Indian tribe or tribal organization (as defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Act (25 U.S.C. 450b)), other public or private entity, or a consortium of two or more such agencies, organizations or entities.

Types of Projects

Each eligible entity that receives an award from the state may use the funds to carry out a broad array of before- and after-school activities (including those held during summer recess periods) to advance student achievement. These activities include:

  • Academic enrichment learning programs, including those providing tutorial services to help students, particularly students who attend low-performance schools, to meet the challenging State academic standards.
  • A broad array of additional services, programs, and activities, such as:
    • youth development activities, service learning, nutrition and health education, drug and violence prevention, 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; and
  • Opportunities for active and meaningful engagement for families of students served by the program to take part in literacy and related educational development

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