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Culturally Specific After School Learning (CSASL) Grants

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The Oregon Department of Education's Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (OEDI) is pleased to announce the release of the 2022-2024 Culturally Specific After School Learning Program Grants. 

These funds have been provided by the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund III (ESSER III) State Set Aside Key Investments. 

This grant will provide opportunities for culturally affirming and enriching after school learning programs for students, including focal students. We seek to provide programming that is anchored in four (4) essential pillars of practice:

  1. Addressing unfinished learning through academic and mental health support
  2. Culturally afirrming practices, including cultural identity development
  3. Leadership and self-advocacy skills
  4. Giving back to the community

To be eligible for a grant under this RFA, Applicants must be either community-based organizations (CBOs), culturally specific organizations, school districts, charter schools, early learning hubs or early learning providers, Tribal governments, education service districts (ESDs), and post-secondary institutions of education or a partnership of these entities to offer culturally affirming and enriching after school learning opportunities for students, particularly focal students. 

Since participation in after school programming is voluntary, priority will be given to program who have demonstrated that they have a plan to explicitly recruit and retain one or more focal student groups. Please see the RFA for more information, including definition of terms. 

All application materials are available on OregonBuys, under S-58100-00004372. Interested parties will need to submit all matierals through ODE's Secure File Transfer. Instructions for this process are provided in the drop-down menu below. 


​The term of each grant will expire on September 30, 2024. The amount of each grant is anticipated to be up to $500,000.00​ for the term of the grant. 

  • ​September 9, 2022 - Grant RFA Released​
  • ​September 26, 2022 - Informational Webinar
  • ​October 5, 2022 - Request for Clarification Due (by 12:00 p.m.)
  • October 19, 2022 - Applications Due
  • November 23, 2022 - Notice of Award (approximate)

ODE hosted a webinar for potential applicants to learn about the RFA, application process, and evaluation criteria. 

Below is the recording from the webinar as well as the slidedeck.​

​ODE will be collecting questions regarding this RFA until 9:00 a.m. on October 5, 2022.​ After this date a document will be created that addresses and answers all questions submitted. The FAQ Document is available on Oregon Buys​.

Please submit all RFA application materials (located on OregonBuys) to the Single Point of Contact (SPC), Tim Beaver, through ODE's Secure File Transfer.  

​Please select timothy.beaver@ode.oregon.gov from the list on the left and use the "right arrow" to send the file to Tim Beaver. Be sure to include your email adress where appropriate and attach all necessary documents. 


Contact:

Any questions or requests for clarification can be sent to Tim Beaver at timothy.beaver@ode.oregon.gov. Questions or Requests for Clarifcation are due by 12:00 p.m. on October 5, 2022.