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Application Deadline Extended for ARP Afterschool and Summer Learning Grant Program


LITTLE ROCK — The application deadline for a competitive grant program that addresses learning loss and the wellbeing of students has been extended.

The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has tapped Arkansas State University and its sponsored initiative, the Arkansas Out of School Network, to oversee the American Rescue Plan (ARP) ESSER III sub-awards for afterschool, summer, and extended-year learning programs that support student learning and social emotional development.

Eligible applicants include school districts, entities that partner with school districts, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, licensed youth development programs, public libraries, nonprofit organizations, career and technical programs, public and private institutions of higher learning and others as determined by AOSN and approved by the DESE.

Grants will be awarded by A-State and AOSN through a competitive process. Interested applicants should submit the Letter of Intent (LOI) to AOSN by Aug. 20 and submit the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) by Sept. 10. Award notices will be sent by Sept. 27.

A-State and AOSN will accept applications, distribute funding, and manage the sub-award process. The award period, which runs through Dec. 30, 2024, provide funding for academic support, skill building, social emotional learning, health and wellness, enrichment, and workforce development for K-12 students.

More information regarding the application process and required documents can be accessed through the AOSN website at www.aosn.org and the original announcement.

For more information about the afterschool and summer learning initiative contact Laveta Wills-Hale, network coordinator, 501-660-1012 or lwillshale@AState.edu.

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