Here’s an opportunity for education-related readers…
The Minnesota Department of Education is seeking applications from eligible applicants—Minnesota schools, school districts, non-profit agencies, city or county government agencies, faith-based organizations, institutions of higher education and for profit-corporations—who seek funding for establishing, sustaining and/or enhancing community learning centers statewide as part of the 21st Century Community Learning Grant Program. The resources are intended to be used to provide a wide range of high-quality enrichment opportunities that complement the regular academic program of students during times when school is not in session, including before and after school, evenings, school release days and summer.
The department estimates the initial grant period will be from August 1, 2014, until July 31, 2017, with anticipated extensions up to two additional years contingent upon progress and continued funding. Please visit the Grant Opportunity Web page and scroll down to this grant opportunity for the application documents. The application (cover sheet, assurances, narrative, forms and budget documents) must be received (not postmarked by) Monday, March 10, 2014, 4:30 p.m. CST.
I would contact the funders for more info but I read through the application and it seems likely that broadband adoption and possibly some deployment projects may be eligible…
The funding provided by the Minnesota 21st CCLC Grant Program is intended to address each of the following goals:
- Increase participants’ opportunities to develop and apply 21st Century skills.
- Increase school and community connectedness of participants.
- Increase the academic performance of participating students who are low performing/ failing or at high risk of failure in core academic areas.
Each eligible entity that receives an award may use the funds to carry out a broad array of before- and after-school program activities (including those held during summer recess periods, weekends, and school release days) to achieve these goals. Funds must be used solely to support the purpose and priorities detailed in this application. Services must be offered during non-school hours or periods when school is not typically in session, including before school, after school, evenings, weekends, school release days, and summer recess periods.
Funds may be used for, but are not limited to, pay for staff and coordinator salaries; contracts with provider agencies; professional development activities; program quality improvement training opportunities; stipends for professionals, students, or family members involved actively in the delivery of services; transportation; and program materials. Funds may not be used for capital expenditure purchases.