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Two-Year Opportunity Grants

The Expanded Learning Opportunity Grant Program Act was created by the Nebraska Legislature to promote academic achievement in high-need schools during out-of-school time afterschool and during summer break.  Beginning July 1, 2016, one percent of the education proceeds from the Nebraska Lottery are transferred to this fund.  These grants require a partnership contributing a 1:1 match of the grant award.  Partnerships must include a school district and at least one community-based organization, agency or business.  Eligible afterschool sites must be receiving funding from a 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) Continuation Grant.  To date there have been two grant competitions for Two-Year Opportunity Grants.

Announcing Two-Year Opportunity Grant Competition

Digital Submission Deadline: March 8, 2022, 11:59 pm CT

There is approximately $1 million available for this competition. Eligible sites must be receiving funding from a 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) Continuation Grant for the 2022-2023 school year.  The grant period will be April 8, 2022 – June 30, 2024. The minimum grant award is $10,000. Since award amounts are based on the size and scope of the project, there is no maximum award. Applicants are required to have a 1:1 match. The application must clearly state how new funds will be used for new programming and will not displace current 21st CCLC funding.

2022 Two-Year Opportunity Grant Application
Cover Page
Signature Page—School District
Signature Page—Community-Based Organization
Budget Justification—Grant Funds and Matching Funds

The first competition was conducted in 2017.  Thirteen grants were awarded to provide enrichment programming at 45 sites during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years. This cohort is identified as the 2019 Cohort and had a grant period of June 7, 2017 – August 31, 2019.

The 2019 competition resulted in thirteen grants to provide enrichment programming at 48 sites during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years. This cohort is identified as the 2021 Cohort and has a grant period of June 7, 2019 – June 30, 2021.

2021 Cohort

Updated January 5, 2022 9:10pm