In addition to school districts, community-based organizations, faith-based groups and other public or private organizations can apply for funding for afterschool programs through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers.
These organizations must collaborate with the school(s) of the students to be served.
Public and not-for-profit organizations that provide, or propose to provide, afterschool educational programs within Tennessee may apply for these funds.
Organizations that have not previously received grants from – or provided contractual services on behalf of – the State of Tennessee will be required to verify their ability to administer grant programs before being considered for funding.
Projects must provide academic enrichment activities designed to help students meet state and local standards and must be based on rigorous scientific research.
Programs must be established in elementary or secondary schools or in any other location that is at least as available and accessible as the school.
Programs must establish a plan for safely transporting students to and from the center and home.
All funded 21st CCLC sites will be expected to participate in a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of attendance, academic achievement and disciplinary information on students served. In addition, all sites will be expected to submit the Annual Performance Report for 21st Century Community Learning Centers developed by the U.S. Department of Education.
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