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After-school Programs &
21st Century Community Learning Centers

students studying a starfishAfter-school programs provide children and teens with safe places to try new activities, develop new skills, have fun, and learn.


RIDE oversees the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLCs) program. These are federally funded, high quality after-school and summer programs. They provide students with academic support, enrichment and school engagement. They complement students' regular academic program.



NEW! - Request for Proposals for 21st Century Community Learning Centers

We are pleased to release a Request For Proposals (RFP) for the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant (Title IV, Part B of ESEA). Approximately $2.9 Million is available to provide high quality out-of-school time programs for students in eligible elementary or secondary schools. Proposals must include both after-school and summer programming that reinforce and complement the school day through:

  • academic enrichment,
  • a broad array of other enrichment activities,
  • and family engagement.

Proposals must demonstrate an effective partnership between the Local Education Agency (LEA) and a community-based organization and may include other public or private entities as primary partners, if appropriate. Grants begin on July 1, 2022, and are for 5 years, pending continued federal funding and successful program implementation.

Priority Areas

Priority will be given to applications that focus on meeting the unique needs of:

  • Multilingual Learners
  • Differently-Abled Students

Serving these two groups effectively is a key priority for RIDE. As noted by the Learning, Equity & Accelerated Pathways (LEAP) Task Force, these are students who have historically been underserved and who have been particularly impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Key Dates

  • Friday, February 4, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. - Bidders’ Conference webinar (Register by Thursday, February 3, 4:00 p.m.)
  • Friday, February 25, 4:00 p.m. – Intent to Apply Form due date
  • Friday, March 18, 4:00 p.m. – Final date to submit questions about the RFP
  • Friday, March 25, 4:00 p.m. – Application due date
  • Friday, July 1, 2022 – Date that new grants begin

Request For Proposals and Attachments

Required Forms

Applications must adhere to the criteria identified in the RFP. Applications must include all required forms and appendices:

  1. Form 1. Application Cover Page (signed)
  2. Form 2. Application Checklist
  3. Form 3. Assurances Affirmation (signed)
  4. Form 4. Proposal Narrative
  5. Form 5. FY23 Budget Request
  6. Form 6. FY23 Budget Narrative
  7. Form 7. FY23 Leveraged Funds Chart
  8. Required Appendix A. Job descriptions of key staff
  9. Required Appendix B. Proposed governance group membership and affiliations
  10. Required Appendix C. Memorandum(a) of Understanding or Letters of Support from all primary partners with signatures

The application may include the following optional appendices:

  1. Optional Appendix D. Documentation of determination by Local Education Agency that target school(s) is/are in need of support and intervention
  2. Optional Appendix E. Needs Assessment – Summary only
  3. Optional Appendix F. Organizational chart
  4. Optional Appendix G. School Improvement Plan or School Reform Plan – Excerpt(s) only
  5. Optional Appendix H. Recent evaluation report – Executive Summary and/or key excerpts only
  6. Optional Appendix I. Indirect Cost Agreement – if CBO or Other Entity is lead agency only

Please note that the Appendices are not standardized forms, but are documents applicants will generate themselves.

Questions and Answers

If you have questions about the RFP, please submit them via email to Jan Mermin. A Google Group has been set up for prospective applicants to receive answers to all questions that have been submitted and to receive other updates about the grant via email.

Please see the Questions and Answers document which includes previously submitted questions and responses from RIDE. This document will be updated periodically.