Federal criteria require that states make awards only to applicants that will primarily serve students that attend schools with a high concentration of low-income students, giving priority to applicants serving children in high-priority schools. Therefore, applicants must propose services ONLY to schools with 40 percent or more of the students enrolled eligible for free or reduced priced meals. Priority will be given to the following:
1. School(s) that have been designated as:
- Priority and Focus Schools
2. Programs that provide opportunities for participants in science, technology, arts, engineering and mathematics (STEAM).
3. Services to middle school and/or high school students
4. Services to students attending schools designated as in need of improvement under Title I and that are submitted jointly by school districts receiving Title I funds and community-based organizations or other public or private organizations
In determining whether an application has been “submitted jointly,” States should look for evidence in the application that the LEA and at least one other organization collaborated in the
planning and design of the program, each have substantial roles to play in the delivery of services, share grant resources to carry out those roles, and have significant ongoing involvement in the management and oversight of the program. States may want to consider what organization(s) wrote the application, what organization will be the fiscal agent, whether there is a history of these organizations working together, and whether there is evidence in the application of integration of the after-school program activities with the regular school day program. Letters of endorsement are not by themselves sufficient evidence that organizations or school districts have substantially been involved in the design of a program.(This clarification comes from the USDOE Nonregulatory Guidance for 21st CCLC programs.)