Ohio’s strong track record for securing federal 21st Century Community Learning Center (21CCLC)Â fundsÂ has netted in the neighborhood of $40 million per year to invest in local programs. If yourÂ school, nonprofit or faith-based organization is interested in boosting at-risk students’ math and reading performance through high-quality after school programming, then you should be looking at this program now.
21CCLC grants are highly competitive, however we anticipate more than 100 new grant awards in Ohio this year. That’s about four times the number of awards from last year.
What you need to know:
This program maintains a core focusÂ on literacy and math. Increasingly, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) is emphasizing quality, evaluation, college/career readiness and partnerships. It’s not too early to startÂ gathering informationÂ about your target students, including data that shows academic performance gaps, at-risk behavior and other relevant disadvantages. Next, use that data to design a program that will result in measurable improvements in reading, math and college/career readiness. Finally, getÂ your partners on board, especially the schools, after school program providers, businesses and service providersÂ that can assist with nonacademic barriers.
January 11, 18 and 25 – ODE hosts optional bidders’ conferences for new applicants. Participants may choose a morning (10 a.m. – noon) or afternoon (2 – 4 p.m.) on any of the dates. Locations vary by date. Register in STARS.
February 6 – CCIP opens for new and renewal grant applications.
April 28 – Applications DUE at 5 p.m. ET in CCIP.
Ohio Department of Education websiteÂ – learn more about previously funded programs.
Official Ohio 21CCLC websiteÂ – watch for updates, changes and events related to 21CCLC program implementation and grant competition.
Federal websiteÂ – learn more about the federal program.
EnvisionEdPlus can help. If your organization is great at delivering programs but not-so-much at putting together grant proposals, no problem. Contact Tricia Moore at email@example.com or 614-357-4439 to learn how we can support you. We offer a ranges of services from editing orÂ advising to full proposal development.Â With the increased number of awards available, we expect to be booked by the winter break, so please reach out to us before ThanksgivingÂ if you think you might need our assistance.