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This sample proposal was fully funded ($387,000 over three years) by the U.S.
Department of Education. It was prepared by Colorado Grants, which has
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The proposal responded to a specific request for proposals format issued by the U.S. Department
of Education for its 21st Century Community Learning Center program. The proposal aligns the
needs assessment and program plan with four fo cus areas to develop a consistent and logical
This document is a modified format of the actual application, and does not include budget
information or attachments that were submitted with the proposal. The name of the school and
school district have been chan ged, but the content is identical to the material that was submitted.
Please note that the length of this proposal is short by federal standards, thanks to a streamlined
approach used frequently by the U.S. Department of Education. Most federal proposals are more
complex and lengthy.
1. NEED FOR THE PROJECT
Families who live in northwest Lightsville faces serious challenges, including poverty, crime,
unemployment, and low educational attainment. One Jefferson Elementar y neighborhood has
one of the ten highest child poverty rates in Colorado (1990 US Census). Close to 40% of high
school students at Lightsville High School, the feeder school fo r Jefferson students, drop out of
school. The target area for this proposal is served by other federal programs such as Head Start,
Family Preservation, Welfare to Work and Weed and Seed.
The following info rmation describing poverty rates and economic problems that face Northwest
Lightsville is for back ground purposes only, as the proposal is not designed to directly create
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