21st CCLC Applications - 2016

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February 11, 2016
Request for Application # 701-16-102, 2016-2017 Texas 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Cycle 9, year 1 Grant

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is requesting applications under request for application (RFA) # 701-16-102, 2016-2017 Texas 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC), Cycle 9, year 1 grant.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants are local educational agencies (LEAs), including public school districts, open-enrollment charter schools, and regional education service centers; community-based organizations (CBOs); and other public or private entities, nonprofit organizations, city or county government agencies, faith-based organizations, institutions of higher education, for-profit corporations, or a shared service arrangement of two or more agencies, organizations, or entities.

Purpose of Program

Title IV, Part B, specifies that 21st CCLC funds are to be used to provide opportunities for communities to establish or expand activities outside regular school hours in community learning centers that do the following:

  • Provide opportunities for academic enrichment, including tutorial services to help students, particularly students who attend low-performing schools, to meet state and local student academic achievement standards in the core academic subjects of mathematics, reading, science, and social studies.
  • Offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities, such as youth development activities; drug- and violence-prevention programs; counseling programs; art, music, and recreation programs; technology education programs; and character education programs, all designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students.
  • Offer families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for literacy and related educational development.

Project Funding

Funding will be provided for approximately 25 projects. Each project will receive a minimum of $50,000 for the 2016-2017 project period. The maximum amount of funding an applicant could receive is $1.8 million. This project is funded entirely from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Title IV, Part B, as amended.

Project Period

The Texas 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Program, Cycle 9, Year 1, will be implemented during the 2016-2017 school year. Applicants should plan for a starting date of no earlier than August 1, 2016, and an ending date of no later than July 31, 2017.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be selected based on the independent reviewers' assessment of each applicant's ability to carry out all requirements contained in the RFA. Reviewers will evaluate applications based on the overall quality and validity of the proposed grant programs and the extent to which the applications address the primary objectives and intent of the project. Applications must address each requirement as specified in the RFA to be considered for funding. TEA reserves the right to select from the highest-ranking applications those that address all requirements in the RFA and that are most advantageous to the project.

TEA is not obligated to approve an application, provide funds, or endorse any application submitted in response to this RFA. This RFA does not commit TEA to pay any costs before an application is approved. The issuance of this RFA does not obligate TEA to award a grant or pay any costs incurred in preparing a response.

How to Apply

This RFA is in paper format. It must be downloaded, completed on the applicant’s computer desktop, printed, and submitted by mail or hand delivery. The complete RFA is posted on the TEA Grant Opportunities page at http://burleson.tea.state.tx.us/GrantOpportunities/forms/GrantProgramSearch.aspx for viewing and downloading. In the “Select Search Options” box, select the name of the RFA from the drop-down list. Scroll down to the “Application and Support Information” section to view all documents that pertain to this RFA.

Applicants’ Conference

An applicants’ conference will be held by webinar on March 1, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to
12:00 p.m. Central Standard Time. The webinar may be pre-recorded. To reserve a webinar seat, go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5729995267977327361. The most current system requirements for accessing the webinar can be found at https://support.citrixonline.com/webinar/all_files/G2W010003. Each person attending will be required to sign a register setting out the representative’s name and the name, address, and telephone number of the applicant organization.

For prospective applicants who are not able to attend the applicants’ conference, the entire applicants’ conference will be digitally recorded and made available for download from the TEA Grant Opportunities page at http://burleson.tea.state.tx.us/GrantOpportunities/forms/GrantProgramSearch.aspx

Questions relevant to the RFA may be sent to 21stCentury@tea.texas.gov or faxed to
512-463-9560 (Attn: 21st CCLC Program) no later than the date listed in the grant timeline. These questions along with other information will be addressed in the presentation. The conference will be open to all potential applicants and will provide prospective applicants an opportunity to receive general and clarifying information about the program and RFA.

Fingerprinting Requirement

Per Section 22.0834 of the Texas Education Code (TEC), any person offered employment by any entity that contracts with TEA or receives grant funds administered by TEA (i.e., a grantee or subgrantee) is subject to the fingerprinting requirement. TEA is prohibited from awarding grant funds to any entity, including nonprofit organizations, that fails to comply with this requirement. For details, refer to the General and Fiscal Guidelines, Fingerprinting Requirement.

Reporting Requirements

Applicants that are awarded grants are responsible for meeting all required deadlines. Failure to meet deadlines may result in loss of funds and could cause the applicant to be identified as “high risk.”

The reporting requirements for this grant are posted on the TEA Grant Opportunities page. In the “Select Search Options” box, select the name of the RFA from the drop-down list. Scroll down to “Critical Events” to view all reporting deadlines that pertain to this grant. Additional program reporting requirements may be contained in the program guidelines and referenced materials.

For Further Information

In order to assure that no prospective applicant may obtain a competitive advantage because of acquisition of information unknown to other prospective applicants, any and all questions pertaining to the RFA must be submitted in writing to the TEA contact person listed on the TEA Grant Opportunities page. In the “Select Search Options” box, select the name of the program/RFA from the drop-down list. Scroll down to “Contact Information.”

Copies of the questions and the written answers thereto will be posted on the TEA Grant Opportunities page in the format of frequently asked questions (FAQs). In the “Select Search Options” box, select the name of the program/RFA from the drop-down list. Scroll down to “Application and Support Information” to view all documents that pertain to this RFA.

Deadline for Receipt of Applications

Three copies of the application, with an original signature on Schedule #1—General Information of at least one of the copies (blue ink preferred), must be received 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time, March 29, 2016, to be eligible to be considered for funding. Send the application to the following address:

Document Control Center
Division of Grants Administration
Texas Education Agency
William B. Travis Building
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701-1494