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Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC) Grant

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South Dakota Department of Education (DOE)

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03/11/22 Noon CST


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Grants to South Dakota nonprofit organizations, school districts, IHEs, tribal schools, for-profits, and local governments to provide students with academic enrichment activities. A Notice of Intent must be submitted prior to applying. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to establish or expand community learning centers. Programs must be located in public school facilities or in facilities that are at least as available and accessible to the students served as if the program were located in a public elementary, middle, or secondary school.

Centers provide a range of high-quality services to support student learning and development, including tutoring and mentoring, homework help, academic enrichment (such as hands-on science or technology programs), and community service opportunities, as well as music, arts, sports and cultural activities. Centers must provide academic enrichment activities to students that attend high-poverty or Title 1 school-wide schools to help them meet state and local standards in core subjects especially reading, and mathematics. At the same time, centers help working parents by providing a safe environment for students when school is not in session.

The Department shall give priority to applications meeting one or both of the following criteria.

  1. Applications targeting services to students attending schools that have been identified as Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) schools or Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) schools. The list of those identified schools is found in Supporting Documents below.
  2. To increase geographic diversity amongst grantees, the state will offer preference points on applications that propose to serve eligible schools in a South Dakota public school district that have not been served with a 21CCLC grant or subgrant funds since the 2020- 2021 school year.

Applicants must propose an array of inclusive and supervised services that include expanded learning opportunities (such as enriched instruction, tutoring, or homework assistance) for children. These activities must work towards achievement of the three goals listed below.

  1. Provide opportunities for academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students meet the challenging state academic standards.
  2. Offer students a broad array of additional services, programs and activities. These are including but not limited to: youth development, health and nutrition, counseling, art, music, financial literacy, etc.
  3. Offer families of students served opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their children's education, including opportunities for literacy and related educational support.

To receive a grant under this program, applicants must provide services that address the absolute priority (#1) and supplement with other program activities (#2), as described here:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 200159

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants must apply for a minimum of $50,000 to a maximum of $250,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

21CCLC grants are awarded for a period of five years. The grant consists of five annual grant award periods that will run from July 1 – June 30 of each fiscal year. Funding for years two through five, of the program, are dependent upon continued federal appropriations to support this program.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

School districts, community-based organizations, non-profit entities, for-profit entities, local governments, institutions of higher education, public or private organizations, BIE/tribal schools, and religious organizations are eligible to apply. Programs must be located in public school facilities or in facilities that are at least as available and accessible to the students as if the program were located in the public elementary, middle, or high school. Subgrant applications must show they are serving students that attend schools that are in one of the below categories. If you have questions about eligibility, please contact the district your program would serve, or the Department of Education.
- Comprehensive, Targeted or Additional Targeted Support and Improvement Schools;
- Schools with a poverty level of 40 percent or higher, as determined by the percent of students served Free and Reduced lunches. Applicants may utilize any month’s free and reduced lunch count back to and including the 2019-2020 school year.

For more information about eligibility, see

Selected non-allowable uses of funds:
- Application preparation costs
- Facility construction
- Vehicle purchases and direct vehicle maintenance costs

Pre-Application Information:

The Notice of Intent to Apply must be received by the South Dakota Department of Education 21CCLC office or postmarked on or before January 14, 2022.

Email notifications will be sent on approximately January 22, 2022 with information of the application availability.

The grant application will be completed and submitted entirely on the South Dakota Department of Education’s Grants Management System (GMS). Applications must be submitted by March 11, 2022 at noon CST.

To submit an application through the Department of Education’s online Grants Management System (GMS) applicants must obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and have a current registration in the Federal System for Award Management (SAM) to receive a SAM expiration date. DUNS and SAM are not required in the notice of intent to apply but will be required to submit the application. These may take up to two weeks to obtain. Please make sure both are up to date.
- Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) provides a D-U-N-S number which is a unique nine-digit identification number for each physical location of your business. To learn more visit
- For Instructions on the SAMS Expiration date, please visit

Entities intending to apply for more than one grant must submit a Notice of Intent for each application.

Contact Information:

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

Notice of Intent to Apply form can be mailed or emailed to:
South Dakota Department of Education
Attn: Alan Haarstad or Stephanie Cronin
800 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501

Alan Haarstad:

Stephanie Cronin:

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