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New Mexico Public Education Department: Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program

Deadline: March 25, 2021

The Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) program seeks to support schools providing students a broad range of exceptional school-linked learning and developmental opportunities designed to reinforce topics introduced during the students’ traditional learning day. These opportunities should serve students attending high poverty and low performing schools throughout the State of New Mexico. CLCCs must provide programming during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session, such as before and after school, holidays, weekends, or summer recess—summer recess only programs are not an option. CLCCs must serve at least 25 regular attendees (those attending 30+ days per academic year). Programs must operate for a minimum of 8 hours a week for 30 weeks, providing an additional 240 hours of instruction.

Diverse stakeholders within each community should be involved in the planning and delivery of the services. It is an expectation that grantees will design program activities based on teacher, parent, and student input and include volunteers to assist in program delivery.

Note: A mandatory Pre-Proposal Conference will be held on February 25, 2021 via Zoom at 1:30 pm–4:30 pm Mountain Standard Time. Every Offeror must have at least one representative present at this conference in order to be eligible to participate in this year’s grant program.

An Acknowledgement of Receipt Form (Appendix A) is due February 25, 2021 and must be signed, scanned, and sent via e-mail to Yuliastuti.Wulandari@state.nm.us .

Amount: Awards of at least $50,000 will be made, provided in a five-year cycle.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants include:

  • A public elementary or secondary school that has a student body in which at least forty percent of students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.
  • A public elementary or secondary school that has been identified as a school for comprehensive support and improvement (CSI) or targeted support and improvement (TSI) under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. Depending upon the demand for funding, priority will be given to schools in this category.
  • A public elementary or secondary school that has otherwise been identified by the State as in need of additional support. Schools in need of additional support are struggling in the areas of academic proficiency in language arts, math and/or science, attendance, graduation rates, drop-out rates, and/or parent/family engagement.
  • School districts and groups of eligible public schools (consortia of schools) may apply if they 1) have a demonstrated partnership with the local community to establish, operate, and sustain the community school framework, and 2) meet the PED’s eligibility requirements (see solicitation for details). A school district or consortium of schools should only include those schools that are in a favorable position to implement the community schools framework during the 2021–22 school year. A school district does not have to include all schools within the district in its proposal to be eligible for funding. It is possible that not all schools included in the school district’s or consortium’s proposals will be funded.

Link: https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/bureaus/community-schools/21st-century-learning-communities/

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