Starting an Afterschool Program

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Texas ACE Grant Application and Funding Cycle

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is currently funding two fully operational five-year competitive grant cycles, Cycle 7 and Cycle 8. Cycle 7 continuation grants will end in the summer of 2016, contingent on the appropriation of federal funding this year. If additional federal funding is appropriated for a new competitive grant cycle for the 21stCCLC program, TEA will provide outreach and announcements in a variety of formats. Below are some resources to help inform you of available grant opportunities for ELO programming:

The TEA grants opportunities for all new grant announcements

Subscribe to the grants opportunities and To the Administrator Addressed listserv

Grants for a variety of out of school programming, including outreach for 21st CCLC, are frequently shared by the Texas Partnership on Out of School Time (TXPOST).

The Expanded Learning Opportunities Council (ELO Council) was established by the 83rd Texas Legislature’s Senate Bill 503 and codified in Texas Education Code Chapter §33.251-260. The ELO Council authorizes the study of issues that relate to expanding learning opportunities and reviewing programs outside of the regular school day. When planning your program, you may find it helpful to refer to the 2016-2017 Statewide Strategic Plan.

21st CCLC grant opportunities will also shared on My Texas ACE.
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The Afterschool Alliance is an organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for more afterschool investments. 

Main Point
The Afterschool Program Toolbox is the go-to set of resources for organizations looking to begin an afterschool program.

What You Get
Start-up guides, program development, and state-level policy resources are all provided to give comprehensive coverage of the creation and sustainment of afterschool programs.

SPOTLIGHT
Make sure to check out the Websites to Know page filled with links to out-of-school time development resources.

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