[Federal Register: December 20, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 243)]
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Part VI

Department of Education


21st Century Community Learning Centers Program; Notice

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[CFEDA No. 84.287]

21st Century Community Learning Centers Program

AGENCY: Department of Education

ACTION: Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year
(FY) 2000.


    Purpose of Program: The 21st Century community Learning Centers
Program was established by Congress to award grants to rural and inner-
city public schools, or consortia of such schools, to enable them to
plan, implement, or expand projects that benefit the educational,
health, social services, cultural and recreational needs of the
community School-based community learning centers can provide a safe,
drug-free, supervised and cost-effective after-school, weekend or
summer haven for ch8ildren, youth and their families.
    For fiscal year (FY) 2000 we encourage applicants to design
projects that focus on the invitational priority in the PRIORITIES
section of this application notice.
    Eligible Applicants: Only rural or inner-city public elementary or
secondary schools, consortia of those schools, or LEAs applying on
their behalf, are eligible to receive a grant under the 21st Century
Community Learning Centers Program. An LEA considering serving more
than one school is encouraged to submit a consortium application on
their behalf. Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the statutory
program purpose as being either a ``rural'' or ``inner-city'' school or
a consortium of such schools.
    Applications Available: December 20, 1999.
    Deadline For Transmittal of Applications: March 20, 2000.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: May 19, 2000.
    Available Funds: Approximately $185,000,000.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $35,000--$2,000,000, depending on the
number of Centers included in each grant application.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards; $375,000, for a grant that will
support 3 Centers. The average funding for a single Center is $125,000.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 350-500, but the actual number will
depend on how many awards will assist multiple Centers.
    Project Period: Up to 36 months. Please note that all applicants
for multi-year awards are required to provide detailed budget
information for the total grant period requested. The Department will
negotiate at the time of the initial award the funding levels for each
year of the grant award.

    Note: The Department is not bound by an estimates in this

    Page Limit: The application narrative (Part III of the application)
is where you, the applicant, address the selection criteria reviewers
use to evaluate your application. Applicants are strongly encouraged to
limit Part III to the equivalent of no more than 20 pages.
    Applicable Regulations; (a) The Education Department General
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 75, 77, 79, 80, 81,
82, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99, (b) the regulations in 34 CFR part 299.


    The Absolute Priority and Competitive Priority 1 in the notice of
final priorities for this program published in the Federal Register on
December 2, 1997 (62 FR 63773) and repeated below, apply to this
competition. In addition we give preference to applications that meet
Competitive Priority 2 (34 CFR 75.105(c) (2) (ii) and 34 CFR 299.3(a)).

Absolute Priority

    Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3), we consider only applications that meet
the absolute priority in the next paragraph.
    Activities To Expand Learning Opportunities: We fund only those
applications for 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants that
include, among the array of services required and authorized by the
statute, activities that offer significant expanded learning
opportunities for children and youth in the community and that
contribute to reduced drug use and violence.

Invitational Priority

    Within the absolute priority, Activities to Expand Learning
Opportunities, we are particularly interested in applications that meet
the following invitational priority.
    Projects in which schools (elementary, middle, or high schools, or
some combination) and community-based organizations collaborate to plan
and provide services in communities with conditions associated with
high drop-out rates, such as high poverty, weak economic and community
infrastructures, large or growing numbers of limited English proficient
students and adults, and low levels of parental education.
    Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(1) we do not give to an application that
meets the invitational priority a competitive or absolute preference
over other applications.

Competitive Priorities

    Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i), we give preference to applications
that meet one or both of the competitive priorities in the next two
Competitive Priority 1
    Projects designed to assist students to meet or exceed State and
local standards in core academic subjects such as reading, mathematics
or science, as appropriate to the needs of the participating children.
We award up to five (5) points for projects that address this priority.
These points are in addition to the 100 points an application may earn
under the selection criteria that will be included in the application

    Note: It is our experience that successful applicants address
the needs of potential drop-outs and students otherwise at risk of
academic failure, including students living in poverty and students
with limited English proficiency.
Competitive Priority 2
    Projects that will use a significant portion of the program funds
to address substantial problems in an Empowerment Zone, including a
Supplemental Empowerment Zone, or an Enterprise Community designated by
the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development or the
United States Department of Agriculture. We select an application that
meets this priority over an application of comparable merit that does
not meet this competitive priority.

    Note: A list of areas that have been designated as Empowerment
Zones and Enterprise Communities is published as an appendix to this

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Program is authorized under Title X, Part I (20 U.S.C. 8241 et seq.) of
the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Grantees under this program
are required to carry out at least four of the activities listed in
section 10905 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (20 U.S.C.
8245), as listed below:
    (1) Literacy education programs;
    (2) Senior citizen programs;
    (3) Children's day care services;
    (4) Integrated education, health, social service, recreational, or
cultural programs;
    (5) Summer and weekend school programs in conjunction with
recreation programs;
    (6) Nutrition and health programs;
    (7) Expanded library service hours to serve community needs;
    (8) Telecommunications and technology education programs for
individuals of all ages;

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    (9) Parenting skills education programs;
    (10) Support and training for child day care providers;
    (11) Employment counseling, training, and placement;
    (12) Services for individuals who leave school before graduating
from secondary school, regardless of the age of such individual; and
    (13) Services for individuals with disabilities.
    Applicants should propose an array of inclusive and supervised
services that include extended learning opportunities (such as
instructional enrichment programs, tutoring, or homework assistance)
but may also include recreational, musical and artistic activities;
opportunities to use advanced technology, particularly for those
community members who do not have access to computers or
telecommunications at home. Grants awarded under this program may be
used to plan, implement, or expand community learning centers.
    Geographic distribution: In awarding grants, the Secretary assures
an equitable distribution of assistance among the States, among urban
and rural areas of a State, and among urban and rural areas of the
United States.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amanda Clyburn, U.S. Department of
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 5W240, Washington, DC 20202.
Telephone: (202) 260-3804. E-mail: 21stCCLC@ed.gov.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may
call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.

FOR APPLICATIONS CONTACT: Education Publications Center (ED Pubs), P.O.
Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Telephone (toll free): 1-877-433-7827.
FAX: (301) 470-1244. If you use a telecommunications device for the
deaf (TDD), you may call (toll free): 1-877-576-7734.
    You may also contact ED Pubs at its Web site: http://www.ed.gov/
    Or you may contact ED Pubs at its E-mail address:
    If you request an application from ED Pubs, be sure to identify
this competition as follows: CFDA number 84.287.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an
alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer
diskette) on request to the program contact person listed under FOR
    Individuals with disabilities also may obtain a copy of the
application package in an alternative format by contacting that person.
However, the Department is not able to reproduce in an alternative
format the standard forms included in the application package.

Electronic Access to This Document

    You may view this document, as well as all other Department of
Education documents published in the Federal Register, in text or Adobe
Portable Document Format (PDF) on the Internet at either of the
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    Note: The official version of this document is the document
published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the
official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal
Regulations is available on GPO Access at: http://

    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 8241-8247.

    Dated: December 15, 1999.
Michael Cohen,
Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education.

Appendix--Empowerment Zones and Enterprise Communities

Empowerment Zones (EZ)

California: Los Angeles, Oakland, Santa Ana, Riverside County
Connecticut: New Haven
Florida: Miami
Georgia: Atlanta, Cordele
Illinois: Chicago, East St. Louis, Ullin
Indiana: Gary, East Chicago
Kentucky: Kentucky Highlands (Clinton, Jackson, and Wayne Counties)
Maryland: Baltimore
Massachusetts: Boston
Michigan: Detroit
Minnesota: Minneapolis
Mississippi: Mid-Delta (Bolivar, Holmes, Humpreys, LeFlore,
Sunflower, Washington Counties)
Missouri/Kansas: Kansas City, Kansas City
New York: Harlem, Bronx
North Dakota: Lake Agassiz
Ohio: Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus
Ohio/West Virginia: Ironton/Huntington
Pennsylvania/New Jersey: Philadelphia, Camden
South Carolina: Columbia/Sumter
South Dakota: Oglala Sioux Reservation in Pine Ridge
Tennessee: Knoxville
Texas: Houston, El Paso, Rio Grande Valley (Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr,
and Willacy Counties)
Virginia: Norfolk/Portsmouth

Enterprise Communities (EC)

Alabama: Birmingham, Chambers County, Greene County, Sumter County
Arizona: Arizona Border (Cochise, Santa Cruz and Yuma Counties),
Phoenix, Window Rock
Arlamsas: East Central (Cross, Lee, Monroe and St. Francis
Counties), Mississippi County, Pulaski County
California: Imperial County, Los Angeles, Huntington, Park, San
Diego, San Francisco, Bayview, Hunter's Point, Watsonville, Orange
Colorado: Denver
Connecticut: Bridgeport, New Haven
Delaware: Wilmington
District of Columbia: Washington
Florida: Jackson County, Miami, Dade County, Tampa, Immokalee
Georgia: Albany, Central Savannah River (Burke, Hancock, Jefferson,
McDuffie, Taliafero, and Warren Counties), Crisp County, Dooley
Georgia: Albany, Central Savannah River (Burke, Hancock, Jefferson,
McDuffie, Taliafero, and Warren Counties), Crisp County, Dooley
Hawaii: Kaunakakai
Illinois: East St. Louis, Springfield
Indiana: Indianapolis, Austin
Iowa: Des Moines
Kansas: Leoti
Kentucky: Louisville, Bowling Green
Louisiana: Macon Ridge (Catahoula, Concordia, Franklin, Morehouse,
and Tensas Parishes), New Orleans, Northeast Louisiana Delta
(Madison Parish), Ouachita Parish
Maine: Lewiston
Massachusetts: Lowell, Springfield
Michigan: Five Cap, Flint, Muskegon, Harrison
Minnesota: Minneapolis, St. Paul
Mississsippi: Jackson, North Delta Area (Panola, Quitman, and
Tallahatchie Counties)
Missouri: East Prairie, St. Louis
Montana: Poplar
Nebraska: Omaha
Nevada: Clarke County, Las Vegas
New Hampshire: Manchester
New Jersey: Newark
New Mexico: Albuquerque, La Jicarita (Mora, Rio Arriba, Taos
Counties), Deming
New York: Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Buffalo, Newburgh, Kingston,
North Carolina: Charlotte and Edgecombe, Halifax, Robeson, and
Wilson Counties
Ohio: Akron, Columbus, Greater Portsmouth (Scioto County)
Oklahoma: Choctaw and McCurtain Counties, Oklahoma City, Ada
Oregon: Josephine County, Portland
Pennsylvania: Harrisburg, Lock Haven, Pittsburgh, Uniontown
Rhode Island: Providence
South Carolina: Charleston, Williamsburg, Florence County,
South Dakota: Beadle, Spink Counties
Tennessee: Fayette, Haywood Counties, Memphis, Nashville, Rutledge
Tennessee/Kentucky: Scott, McCreary Counties
Texas: Dallas, El Paso, San Antonio, Waco, Uvalde
Utah: Ogden

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Vermont: Burlington
Virginia: Accomack (Northhampton County), Norfolk
Washington: Lower Yakima County, Seattle, Tacoma, Collie
West Virginia: Charleston, Huntington, McDowell County, West Central
Appalachia (Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Nicholas, and Roane Counties)
Wisconsin: Milwaukee, Keshena
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