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Massachusetts 21st Century Community Learning Centers - Supporting Additional Learning Time Grant (for new sites)

Grants to Massachusetts School Districts, Agencies,
Community Organizations for K-12 Extended Learning

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

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04/16/21 5:00 PM


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Grants to Massachusetts school districts, cities and towns, community-based entities, and public and private organizations to provide primarily low-income K-12 students with extended education. Funding is intended to support enrichment programs that help to address opportunity and ability gaps; increase student engagement, and contribute to a well-rounded education. Grants may be used to support programming costs including staff salaries, stipends, staff planning time as it relates to the grant, contracts, instructional materials, personal protective equipment (PPE), and other expenses associated with implementing grant-funded programming.

An applicant may apply for:

  • Model 1: Out-of-School Time (OST)
  • Model 2: Expanded Learning Time (ELT): a longer school day/year for all students).


  • Using more time to strengthen student learning by implementing innovative, interactive, relevant, and engaging teaching and learning strategies during the school year and summer that meet the specific academic, social-emotional learning, and developmental needs of students.
  • Using data effectively in designing programming that addresses student needs and interests and in demonstrating continuous program improvement efforts.
  • Developing systems of support that are culturally relevant, and leverages the knowledge, strengths, and assets of students, families, educators, and the community.
  • Offer families of students served by the 21st CCLC opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their children's education, including opportunities for literacy and related educational development.
  • Developing sustainable models for supporting additional quality learning time.

No more than 10% of the funds may be used for materials and supplies, and no more than 25% for program administration. It is also recommended that up to 5% of the budget be set aside to support effective family engagement  This may include a part-time Family engagement/Outreach Liaison if one does not currently exist.

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GrantWatch ID#: 169149

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Model 1 (OST):
- Up to $200,000 per site: For sites that will serve approximately 40–60+ students per day.
- Up to $150,000 per site: For sites that will serve approximately 25–39 students per day.
- Plus, up to an additional $10,000/site to help support transportation costs if able to demonstrate need.

Model 2 (ELT):
- School Year: $500 per pupil based on the current (SY21) enrollment at the proposed school(s).
- Summer: Up to an additional $20,000 to support a 120 hour (minimum) summer program.
- Plus, up to an additional $5,000/site if transportation is needed to support summer programming.

In years four (FY2025) and five (FY2026) grantees will receive an estimated 5% reduction in their original grant award.

Term of Contract:

Upon approval (no earlier than 07/01/2021) – 08/31/2022.

Pending budget appropriation, four (4) years of continuation funding will be available, for a total grant period of five (5) years (FY2022–FY2026). Note in years two and beyond the funding period will begin no earlier than 9/1 and conclude on 8/31 of that year.

Continued funding in years two (FY2023) and three (FY2024) will be contingent upon implementation of grant-required activities and submission of a continuation grant.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are school districts, cities and towns, community-based organizations (CBOs), other public or private entities, or a consortium of two (2) or more of such agencies, organizations, or entities that propose to serve/partner with schools with ≥ (at least) 15 percent of students who are ED, as indicated at the Department's School and District profiles page or through other documented evidence and determined by the District/School need of extra support.

Additional eligibility parameters: Entities that were a previous recipient of a 21st CCLC grant must have met all grant requirements during their funding cycle(s) including timely submission of required state and federal data.

Agencies and organizations other than a school district, city, or town:
- Must demonstrate the application is submitted in full partnership with an eligible school/district;
- Must complete Addendum D — Documentation of Organizational Capacity, which includes a demonstration of capacity to fiscally administer and manage the grant program, a required letter of support, and MOA for data sharing from the school/district.

Funds may not be used to supplant existing, currently funded costs, which would otherwise be funded (in the absence of these grant funds) from other sources (e.g., current salaries, current transportation costs, instructional materials already being used during the school day, etc.).

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Department will be hosting a Technical Assistance Session on Monday, March 22, 2021, from 10:00-12:00 for anyone interested in applying for an FY22 21CCLC SALT Grant.

Purpose of the session:
- Review the application and guidelines
- Share the elements of what makes for a high-Quality 21C program
- Respond to all questions.

There will also a series of 30 minute Q &A Only:
- March 26th- 1:00-1:30
- March 30th- 10:00-10:30
- April 2nd- 1:00-1:30
- April 6th- 10:00-10:30
- April 9th- 1:00-1:30
- April 13th- 10:00-10:30

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Pre-Application Information:

Full Proposals are due by Friday, April 16, 2021, at 5:00 PM.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email one complete application to and mail one complete hard copy of Parts IIIA and B for each applicant site, excel budget pages, and completed Addendums B-E plus signed MOA to:

Karyl Resnick
Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
21st Century Community Learning Centers Program
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148

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Fund Code: 647

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