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Cohort X

Cohort X Grant Awarded

The Cohort X Request for Application for the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grant is now closed. A total of 54 applications were received with funding requests exceeding $16 million.  Through a peer review process, CDE awarded $5.7 million to 17 grants serving 42 school-based centers. Grants awards range from $79,000 to $180,000 per year per center.

Learn more about Cohort X using the resources below.

Cohort X Grant Application Materials

The following application materials were used by applicants for the Cohort X grant competition. Those interested in applying in the future may use the materials linked below to plan their  application submissions, but please note, application materials may vary slightly for the next grant competition.

Access the 21st CCLC Cohort X RFA – Reference Document (Word) 

Access the 21st CCLC Cohort X RFA – Excel Workbook Template (for LEAs) 

Access the 21st CCLC Cohort X RFA – Excel Workbook Template (for non-LEAs)

Funding Priority

For Cohort X, funding priority was given to 21st CCLC programs serving students who attend high-poverty, low-performing schools. Entities receiving priority in this funding opportunity are those that propose to serve high-poverty, low-performing schools, as evidenced by:

  • Schools with a K-12th grade Free and Reduced Lunch rate of 40 percent and above in 2022-23; and
  • Schools Identified for Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CS) or Targeted Support and Improvement (TS) in 2022-23.

See the list of Priority Schools for Cohort X.

Please note, schools that do not appear on the priority list may still be included in submitted applications. All schools in the application must be on the Priority Schools List to receive points in this Priority Area. There will also be additional Priority Areas for funding, and priority points are available to support priority areas.

Other Priority Areas for Cohort X were:

  • Schools with a K-12th grade Free and Reduced Lunch rate of 75 percent or higher;
  • Rural school districts;
  • High schools serving grades 9-12 with dropout rates higher than the state average or graduation/completion rates lower than the state average; or K-12 schools with chronic absenteeism rates higher than the state average;
  • Fifth-day programs for school districts and schools who have a four-day school week; and
  • Programs prioritizing highly mobile youth* or other disadvantaged, marginalized, and/or historically underserved youth in their proposed 21st CCLC program(s).

Applicants were eligible to receive points for one or more of the Priority Areas based on information provided in their submitted application as well as data available and verified by CDE. See definitions and more information related to the Priority Areas Appendix G for a Glossary of Terms in the RFA.

Readiness Assessment

To help potential applicants evaluate their capacity to apply for future cohorts, CDE has created the Readiness Assessment Tool.

All applicants are encouraged to complete this tool prior to applying for 21st CCLC grant funds. However, this self-assessment is to be used by potential applicants internally and will not be submitted to CDE as part of the application submission or process. CDE will not use this completed tool as part of the review process in consideration of awarding funds to applicants.

Available Technical Assistance

In addition to the resources listed on the 21st CCLC webpages, CDE provided the following technical assistance resources for the Cohort X grant competition.

Stakeholder Engagement

CDE conducted a feedback survey and several focus groups to inform improvements to the Cohort X Request for Application (RFA) and grant competition. Results from the stakeholder engagement efforts will be posted here when they are available.