Federal afterschool grants up for grabs

The federal government may be in shutdown mode — but nonetheless, the state says it has $1.5 million in federal afterschool grants up for grabs.

Applications for the 2014-15 grants are due Jan. 31. School districts, cities, community and faith-based organizations and private corporations are eligible for the grants, which run up to five years.

The feds’ Century Community Learning Centers grants are “designed to provide academic enrichment opportunities, art, music, recreation, sports, drug and violence prevention and youth development activities to students during non-school hours,” the state Education Department said in a news release.

The state now funds 93 afterschool programs, serving 6,128 Idaho children daily.

The federal grants work on a reimbursement basis, so the Education Department doesn’t expect to seek money until the 2014-15 school year. “We don’t foresee this being affected by (the shutdown),” department spokeswoman Melissa McGrath said Friday.

Learn more

Prospective bidders are encouraged to attend free bidders’ workshops, which will be held statewide in November. The workshops run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.:

  • Nov. 4: Best Western Plus, 1516 Pullman Road, Moscow.
  • Nov. 14: Canyon Ridge High School, Room 301, 300 N. College Road, Twin Falls.
  • Nov. 15: Compass Academy Facility, 955 Garfield St., Idaho Falls.
  • Nov. 19: New Plymouth High School library, 207 S. Plymouth Ave., New Plymouth.
  • Nov. 20: Dennis Technical Education Center, 8201 W. Victory Road, Boise.

Click on the Education Department website to register for the workshops or to download the grant application.