Request for Applications

Welcome and Introduction


Thank you for your interest in submitting an application for the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center program. Funding for FY22 is estimated to be $7,092,382.74.


The Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC) program is authorized under Title IV, Part B of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).


This program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.

Federal Department of Education website:

Before You Apply


These steps should be considered before you begin writing your application. 


Applicants must be an Iowa Department of Education accredited school or a community based organization partnering with an accredited school to apply.


Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Rate (FRPL): If you do not have a minimum of 40 percent FRPL for each building (limit of 3) that you are proposing to serve, STOP, and remove the buildings that do not have a minimum of 40 percent FRPL from your application. The FRPL percentage is determined by the Iowa Department of Education 2020-2021 academic year spreadsheet that is publicly posted on this page: This document was updated January 2021, by building level. Do not use any other spreadsheets or lists to determine the Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Rate.

If you are currently in non-compliance, STOP. You are not eligible to apply until your non-compliance issues have been resolved. 2 CFR Ch. II 200.338 -If a non-Federal entity fails to comply with Federal statutes, regulations or the terms and conditions of a Federal award, the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity may impose additional conditions. (e) Withhold further Federal awards for the project or program.

Letters of Intent to Apply must be submitted via Survey Monkey and survey of student needs should be completed. A template is provided to you for you use and can be found in the “Important Links” section below. 

Technical Assistance:

The Iowa Department of Education is committed to providing you with live and virtual technical assistance connecting to this RFA cycle. A complete list of dates will be posted to the Department website


  • Wednesday, September 22, 2021. 10:00-12:00 at the Holiday Inn & Suites 4800 Merle Hay Rd, Urbandale, Iowa 50322

  • October 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (virtual)

  • November 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (virtual)

To access the virtual technical assistance meetings, use the information below:

For a step-by-step tutorial on how to complete this application, please visit this link:


We STRONGLY encourage you to save the narrative sections of this application in a Word Document since you cannot save your grant progress and come back to it later. A PDF of the full application is provided below so you can prepare the materials you need.

Important Dates:

September 2021

September – Nov 2021

October 7, 2021 

November 12, 2021

December 10, 2021 

December – January  

January 2022 

March-April 2022

April – June 2022

July 1, 2022  

Request for Application (RFA) available on the Iowa Department of Education’s 21CCLC website ( and informational letter issued.

Grant Technical Assistance Meetings around the state will be offered to provide aid in the development of grant applications. When specific dates and locations are made available, they will be posted to the Iowa Department of Education website. These will be held virtually or in person.

Grant Local Evaluation Webinar


Letter of Intent to Apply is due via the Survey Monkey link found here.


Grant applications due date. Must be received electronically via the web portal by 4:00P.M. CDT. No paper copies or hand delivered copies accepted. No exceptions.


Grant reviewers read and score applications for funding. 


Grant reviewers conference.


Grant awards announced.


Grant contracts finalized.


Program implementation may begin with summer (note: The Federal data reporting begins the school year with summer school).

Important Links


All questions about the Request for Applications should be directed to Vic Jaras at

All questions about the online platform should be directed to Crystal Hall at