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Title IV, Part B (Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Program)


Tydings Waiver Public Notice

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) will submit to the United States Department of Education, a formal request for additional fiscal flexibility for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 under the Title IV, Part B of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by Every Student Suceeds Act (ESSA) of 2015.  Under this waiver, the period of availability for the funds in question will be extended an additional year, until September 30, 2020.  The FY 2017 funds became available on July 1, 2017 and are available to obligate through September 30, 2019.  As such, if the period of availability for the FY 2017 grant is not extended, about 26% of the FY 2017 award will lapse on September 30, 2019.  This waiver is necessary due to guidance from the U.S. Department of Education that MDE forward fund Title IV-B programs following a funding issue under this program a couple of years ago.  In applying this forward funding strategy, MDE is now risking lapsing funds.

During this additional year of availability for FY 2017 Title IV-B funds, MDE will continue to monitor and regularly evaluate the effectiveness of our Title IV-B program by considering several factors, including achievement on MDE's challenging State academic standards.  This waiver will also allow MDE to continue to serve the eligible student population by continuing approved after-school programs.

In accordance with federal regulations, the MDE is extending an opportunity for affected LEAs, grantees, and the public with notice and a reasonable opportunity to comment and provide input on this request.  You may send your comments to  by June 21, 2019



The purpose of the Mississippi Department of Educations' Title IV, Part B, Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Program is to provide opportunities for communities to establish or expand activities in community learning centers that:

  • provide academic enrichment opportunities for children, particularly for students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools, to meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects;
  • offer students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and
  • offer literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.

These centers can operate before, during, or after school or any time the regular school day is not in session.



Any public or private organization is eligible to apply for a Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC grant. Examples of agencies and organizations eligible under the Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC Program include, but are not limited to, school districts, non-profit agencies, city or county government agencies, faith-based organizations, institutions of higher education, and for-profit corporations. 


Types of Projects/Programs

  • Remedial education activities and academic enrichment learning programs
  • Mathematics and science education activities
  • Arts and music education activities
  • Entrepreneurial education programs
  • Tutoring services and mentoring programs
  • English Learner (EL) programs that emphasize language skills and academic achievement
  • Recreational activities
  • Telecommunications and technology education programs
  • Expanded library service hours
  • Programs that promote parental engagement and family literacy
  • Programs that assist students who have been truant, suspended, or expelled
  • Drug and violence prevention programs, counseling programs, and character education programs


Award Funding and Periods

Mississippi funds programs for three years on a degrading scale formula contingent upon proper implementation of the proposed project, completion and submission of all required documentation and future congressional appropriations. Recipients will receive funding at 100% for the first two years of the program and 80% of their original funding in year three.

For more information, please visit


Request for Proposals


State Program Evaluation Report

Continuation Application

Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Program Monitoring

Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Program Grantee Listing