Request for Application # 701-13-107 2013-2014 Texas 21st Century Community Learning Centers Cycle 8, Year 1

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Competitive Grant Funding Available

February 5, 2013

TO THE ELIGIBLE APPLICANT ADDRESSED:

SUBJECT: Request for Application # 701-13-107 2013-2014 Texas 21st Century Community Learning Centers Cycle 8, Year 1


The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is requesting applications under request for application (RFA) # 701-13-107, 2013-2014 Texas 21st Century Community Learning Centers Cycle 8, Year1.

Eligible Applicants
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is requesting applications under Request for Applications (#701-13-107) from local educational agencies (LEAs), including public school districts, open-enrollment charter schools, and regional education service centers; community-based organizations (CBOs); and other public or private entities, nonprofit organizations, city or county government agencies, faith-based organizations, Institutions of Higher Education, for-profit corporations, or a shared service arrangement (SSA) of two or more agencies, organizations, or entities.

Purpose of Program
This purpose of the Texas 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Program, also known as Texas Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE), Cycle 8, Year 1, is to provide opportunities beyond the regular school day for communities to establish or expand activities in community learning centers that (1) provide opportunities for academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help children, particularly students who attend low-performing schools, meet state and local student academic achievement standards in core academic subjects such as reading and mathematics; (2) offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities such as youth development activities; drug and violence prevention programs; counseling programs; art, music, and recreation programs; and technology education programs, all of which are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students; and (3) offer families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for literacy and related educational development. Program activities must be offered only when schools are not in session (before or after school, during holidays, or during summer recess). The program must be carried out in active collaboration with the schools the students attend. Applications must document partnerships between an LEA, a CBO, and other public or private organizations, if appropriate.

Project Funding
Funding will be provided for approximately 20 projects. Each project will receive a minimum of $50,000 for the 2013-2014 project period; maximum funds per applicant are $2,200,000. This project is funded 100 percent from Title IV, Part B, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Project Period
Applicants should plan for a starting date of no earlier than August 1, 2013, and an ending date of no later than July 31, 2014.

Selection Criteria
Applications will be selected based on the independent reviewers' assessment of each applicant's ability to carry out all requirements contained in the RFA. Reviewers will evaluate applications based on the overall quality and validity of the proposed grant programs and the extent to which the applications address the primary objectives and intent of the project. Applications must address each requirement as specified in the RFA to be considered for funding. Applications will be selected based on the ability of each applicant to carry out all requirements contained in the RFA. Reviewers will evaluate applications based on the overall quality and validity of the proposed grant programs and the extent to which the applications address the need for the proposed project; the quality of the project design, management plan, project services, and project evaluation; and the appropriateness of the budget. Applications must address each requirement as specified in the RFA to be considered for funding.

Special consideration (or priority) will be given to proposals submitted jointly by eligible entities consisting of not less than one LEA receiving funds under Part A of Title I and a community-based organization or other public or private entity as listed under eligible applicants and proposals offering to provide additional summer programming, above and beyond the 4-week minimum requirement.   

TEA reserves the right to select from the highest-ranking applications those that address all requirements in the RFA and that are most advantageous to the project.TEA is not obligated to approve an application, provide funds, or endorse any application submitted in response to this RFA. This RFA does not commit TEA to pay any costs before an application is approved. The issuance of this RFA does not obligate TEA to award a grant or pay any costs incurred in preparing a response.

How to Apply
This RFA is in paper format. It must be downloaded, completed on the applicant’s computer desktop, printed, and submitted by mail or hand delivery. The complete RFA is posted on the TEA Grant Opportunities page at http://burleson.tea.state.tx.us/GrantOpportunities/forms/GrantProgramSearch.aspx for viewing and downloading. In the “Select Search Options” box, select the name of the RFA from the drop-down list. Scroll down to the “Application and Support Information” section to view all documents that pertain to this RFA.

Applicants' Conference
An applicants’ conference will be held via a pre-recorded webinar on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 2:00 PM.  To access the webinar, please visit the TEA website at http://burleson.tea.state.tx.us/GrantOpportunities/forms. The system requirements for PC-based attendees are Windows 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, or Vista. The requirements for Macintosh-based attendees are Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) or later. The entire applicants’ conference will be digitally recorded. Prospective applicants who are not able to attend the applicants’ conference may download the presentation to their computer desktop.

Questions relevant to the RFA may be sent to Candace Ferguson at Candace.Ferguson@tea.state.tx.us prior to Tuesday, February 19, 2013. These questions along with other information will be addressed in the presentation. The conference will be open to all potential applicants and will provide prospective applicants an opportunity to receive general and clarifying information about the program and RFA.


Reporting Requirements
LEAs that are awarded grants are responsible for meeting all required deadlines. Failure to meet deadlines may result in loss of funds and could cause the LEA to be identified as “high risk.”

The reporting requirements for this grant are posted on the TEA Grant Opportunities website at http://burleson.tea.state.tx.us/GrantOpportunities/forms/GrantProgramSearch.aspx. In the “Select Search Options” box, select the name of the RFA from the drop-down list. Scroll down to “Critical Events” to view all reporting deadlines that pertain to this grant.


For Further Information
In order to assure that no prospective applicant may obtain a competitive advantage because of acquisition of information unknown to other prospective applicants, any and all questions pertaining to the RFA must be submitted in writing to the TEA contact person listed on the TEA Grant Opportunities website. In the “Select Search Options” box, select the name of the program/RFA from the drop-down list. Scroll down to “Contact Information.”

Copies of the questions and the written answers thereto will be posted on the TEA Grant Opportunities website in the format of frequently asked questions (FAQs) at http://burleson.tea.state.tx.us/GrantOpportunities/forms. In the “Select Search Options” box, select the name of the program/RFA from the drop-down list. Scroll down to “Application and Support Information” to view all documents that pertain to this RFA.


Deadline for Receipt of Applications
Four copies of the application, with an original signature on Schedule #1—General Information on three of the copies (blue ink preferred), must be received 5:00 p.m. Central Time, Tuesday, March 26, 2013, to be eligible to be considered for funding. Send the application to the following address:

Document Control Center
Division of Grants Administration
Texas Education Agency, William B. Travis Building
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin TX 78701-1494

Sincerely,


Anita Givens
Associate Commissioner
Standards and Programs

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