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‘Intent to Apply’ forms due by Friday for Texas 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant  

2016 February 8
by HISD Communications

The Texas Education Agency and U.S. Department of Education are once again accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Texas 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant.

The program is designed to create community-learning centers in high-poverty areas with low-performing schools. These centers provide academic-enrichment opportunities for children to help them meet state and local achievement standards in core academic subjects. The extra instruction takes place outside of normal school hours and complements the students’ regular classes.

The grant funds will create and expand out-of-school-time (OST) programs that offer extended learning opportunities for children and their families.

Any HISD campus that intends to submit an application must submit an Intent to Apply form to the HISD Grant Department by Feb. 12. For more information, please contact the Grant Department at 713-556-6785. 

All center and feeder campuses included in the application must meet at least one of the following eligibility requirements to qualify for grant funding and services:

  1. The campus must be either eligible for school-wide programs under Title I, Section 1114, or be a school that serves a high percentage of students from low-income families and families of such students;
  2. The campus must be designated in need of improvement under Title I, Section 1116; or
  3. The campus serves a high percentage of students from low-income families (40 percent or more students identified as economically disadvantaged) as indicated on the data submitted to the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) for the fall 2015-2016 submission for a public school, or as supported with clear and valid documentation showing the percentage of economically disadvantaged students served by a private for-profit or nonprofit school

A school is ineligible to receive grant funding or be served by the program if it meets either of the following conditions:

  1. The campus or school was newly opened in the school year 2015-2016 (i.e., all center and feeder campuses must have been in operation for at least one full school year prior to the 2015-2016 school year); or
  2. The campus or school currently receives funds under the Texas 21st CCLC, Cycle 8, grant program

About 25 grants will be awarded, ranging from $50,000 to $1.8 million. Each eligible applicant may submit only one application. Applicants may apply for funding up to 10 centers.

To learn more about the Texas 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, click here.

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