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Nita M. Lowey Grant Competition

The Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC program is authorized under Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015.

The Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC grant awards are up to five years, contingent upon federal funding. Programs must show progress in implementing the project goals and activities as approved in their original grant proposal. No grant is less than $100,000, and no grant will exceed $500,000.

The Competition

DISCLAIMER: OSPI plans on moving forward with the Nita. M. Lowey 21st CCLC Competition. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the remainder of the school year being cancelled, the competition will occur at a later date than normal. Please see the revised competition timeline below. All dates/times are subject to change.

OSPI anticipates awarding approximately $5 million, to support implementation of Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC programs in high-poverty, low-performing communities providing services consistent with the intent and purpose of the federal 21st CCLC statute and guidance. Prospective applicants are encouraged to attend a Bidders’ Conference for guidance and technical assistance on developing and submitting a program proposal. 

This is a highly competitive competition and in the past, we have only been able to fund approximately one third of eligible applicants. We will be offering an interactive, online Bidders’ Conference held on September 11, 2020 9:00am - 12:00 pm where you may receive additional information. Nita. M. Lowey 21st CCLC funds cannot be expended or reimbursed to prepare this application.

Simultaneous Competitions

This year we will be holding TWO simultaneous competitions, Track A and Track B. Applicants in Track A and Track B will follow all of the same application requirements. However, Track A will only be competing with Track A applicants, and Track B will only be competing with Track B applicants. Available funding will be split between Track A and Track B, with a total award of approximately $2.5 million per track.

For a current list of grantees in cohorts 12-16 please visit our website.

What track should I apply for?

  • Track A is for new grantees, an eligible entity that does not have a grant in cohorts 13-16.
  • Track B is for current grantees, a current grantee is defined as an entity that currently has a 21st CCLC grant(s) in cohort 13-16 and is applying for a new site(s).


ELIGIBLE ENTITY — The term ‘‘eligible entity’’ means a local educational agency, community-based organization, Indian tribe or tribal organization (as such terms are defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Act (25 U.S.C. 450b)), another public or private entity, or a consortium of 2 or more such agencies, organizations, or entities. A local educational agency receiving funds under Title I, Part A; partnered with an eligible entity. 

Title 1 Schools 2019-2020

Priority Funding

Competitive Priorities - Priority funding will be awarded to applicants who meet the following requirements:

  1. Schools who are implementing comprehensive support and improvement activities or targeted support and improvement activities.
  2. Geographic Diversity - Priority will be given to applicants in Adams, Asotin, Clallam, Clark, Columbia, Cowlitz, Ferry, Garfield, Jefferson, Kitsap, Lewis, Lincoln, Pacific, Pend Orielle, San Juan, Skamania, Spokane, Stevens, Wahkiakum, and Whitman. 

Submitting Your Proposal iGrants

Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC proposals must be submitted using OSPI’s online iGrants system. Instructions for gaining access to the iGrants system. Submission will include an online application, upload of the proposal narrative, and supporting documentation.

All applications must be submitted in iGrants Form Package (To be announced)

Frequently Asked Questions

2020-2021 Grant Activity

Tentative 2020-2021 Request for Proposal Timeline (Dates are subject to change)

  • RFP Released: September 7-11th, 2020 
  • RFP will be available in iGrants: September 7th-11th, 2020 
  • Bidders’ Conference Zoom meeting registration; Zoom (online - TBD):  September 11, 2020 9:00am -12:00pm (tentative)
  • Applications must be fully submitted via iGrants by 4 p.m., November 5, 2020
  • Cohort 17 will be notified approximately 6-8 weeks after the due date.
  • Funds will be available for year one when their budget is approved in iGrants.
  • Program operations may begin when year one budget is approved.
  • New afterschool programs must start no later than: January 4, 2021
  • First fiscal year: Year one budget approval date to August 31, 2021
  • The second through the fifth fiscal year: September 1 through August 31 (Years 2–5 are dependent upon federal funding and past grantee performance)

2019-2020 Grant Activity