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Good funding source for afterschool programs. See forwarded.
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 14:52:48 -0500
From: Kirk_Winters (Kirk Winters)
To: "Information from & about the U.S. Department of Education publications
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Subject: "21st Century Community Learning Centers" Program Announced
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HUNDREDS OF NEW AFTER-SCHOOL CENTERS in rural & urban schools
across the U.S. will be supported under a program announced
yesterday by Vice President Gore & Secretary Riley.
The program, "21st Century Community Learning Centers,"
received $40 million in the 1998 Labor-HHS-Education
appropriations bill (signed into law last month), a major
increase over the 1997 appropriation of $1 million. A "notice
inviting applications" for the program appeared in the
December 2 Federal Register.
The notice tells that, under the program, grants will be
awarded to rural & inner-city public elementary or secondary
schools -- or to consortia of those schools, or local
education agencies applying on their behalf -- for planning,
implementing or expanding after-school projects. Only
applications that include significantly expanded learning
opportunities for children & youth, and that contribute to
reduced drug use & violence, will be funded.
Partnerships with community-based organizations & consortia of
schools are encouraged to apply. The Department expects to
award 200-300 grants for up to 3 years, averaging $100,000 per
center (ranging from $35,000-$200,000). The application
deadline is March 9, 1998.
Applications will be available on our website on December 16.
(We will announce the URL at that time.) ~~~~~~~~~~~
For more information, please see the excerpts from yesterday's
Federal Register notice below. These excerpts provide the
purpose, title of priority (if given), eligible applicants,
availability & closing dates, available funds, estimated size
& number of awards for this program. An online version of the
Federal Register notice may be found at:
--> Please note that the Federal Register notice should be
consulted for complete & authoritative information.
Yesterday's press release announcing the program is at:
Also available is a Department report, "Keeping Schools Open
As Community Learning Centers" (July 1997):
21st Century Community Learning Centers Program [Federal
Register: December 2, 1997 (CFDA No. 84.287)] [OERI]
Purpose of Program: The 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Program was established by Congress to award grants to rural and
inner-city public schools, or consortia of such schools, to enable
them to plan, implement, or expand projects that benefit the
educational, health, social services, cultural and recreational
needs of the community. School-based community learning centers
can provide a safe, drug-free, supervised and cost-effective after-
school, weekend or summer haven for children, youth and their
Eligible Applicants: Only rural or inner-city public elementary
or secondary schools, consortia of those schools, or LEAs applying
on their behalf, are eligible to receive a grant under the 21st
Century Community Learning Centers Program. An LEA with many
interested schools is encouraged to submit a consortium application
on their behalf. Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the
statutory program purpose as being either a "rural" or "inner-city"
school or a consortium of those schools.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: March 9, 1998
Applications Available: December 16, 1997
Available Funds: $40 million
Estimated Range of Awards: $35,000 - $200,000 per Center.
Awards to consortia or LEAs involving multiple Centers will be
adjusted to reflect the number of Centers included.
Estimated Average Size of Awards: $100,000 (per Center)
Estimated Number of Awards: 200-300, depending on how many
awards will assist multiple Centers.
Additional Information: Information including selection
criteria & priorities for this program are available in the Federal
To Obtain an Application Package: Written requests should be
mailed to: Amanda Clyburn, U.S. Department of Education, Office of
Educational Research and Improvement, 555 New Jersey Ave., NW,
Washington, DC 20208-5644, Attn: 21st Century Center Learning
Centers. Requests may also be faxed to Amanda at (202) 219-2198.
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