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ASSIST Application Process


The After School Support and Information System (ASSIST) is an online grant application and reporting system used for all expanded learning programs funded by the California Department of Education (CDE). The ASSIST allows users to apply for and manage grants. Grantees are required to use ASSIST for attendance, expenditure, and other reporting processes.

Updates
After School Support and Information System Logon Instructions
Completing the Application
Cover Page
Grant Requests Page
Core Grant Budget
Equitable Access Budget
Review
Download, Print, and Sign Before the Application Due Date
Multiple Applications
Final Review
21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Application Identification Number
Mail Application(s)

Updates

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) and After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs) Request for Applications (RFAs) have now merged into one 21st Century RFA.

Note: Only the RFAs have merged into one document; applicants must still submit separate applications for 21st CCLC Elementary/Middle sites and ASSETs High School sites.

Hard copies of the application(s) (21st CCLC Elementary/Middle and/or ASSETs High School) must be submitted to the CDE no later than, Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 4 p.m. Postmarks will not be accepted.

Note: The submission deadline for the hard copy application(s) to the CDE and uploading the application narrative in Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST) has changed from 5 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the due date.

Applicants with active and valid County-District-School (CDS) codes are able to apply for grant funding. Please notify the CDE, Expanded Learning Division if your application has a current site with an existing 21st CCLC or ASSETs grant that will be changing or updating their CDS code. Please visit the ASSIST web page.

Local educational agencies (LEAs) are eligible to apply; however, they must have verifiable data for fiscal year 2017–18 in California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) to be considered in the Funding Determination process.

Applicants requesting funding for schools that do not have CDS codes should contact the 21st Century Helpdesk at expandedlearning@cde.ca.gov to request a hard copy application.

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After School Support and Information System Logon Instructions

Please visit the ASSIST web page. All applicants must have a secure logon to access the grant application.

To obtain a secure logon for ASSIST, choose instructions from one of the options listed below:

  • Any agency currently receiving expanded learning funding from the CDE must log onto ASSIST using their existing account. Please contact your agency lead for your secure logon.

  • Any agency NOT currently receiving before or after school funding from the CDE must gain ASSIST access in one of two ways:
    • If the applicant is a school district, county office of education, or state college or university, please e-mail ASSIST@cde.ca.gov to request your LEA's secure logon. Please state the full name of the LEA in your request. The Expanded Learning Division will issue this initial logon to any agency personnel making the request. Once the agency is awarded funding, the logon will be changed and reassigned to the agency’s superintendent for security purposes.
    • If the applicant is a direct-funded charter school, government agency, or qualifying non-profit agency, please click the Non-LEA Registration link on the ASSIST’s main web page. Follow the prompts to create your secure logon and register your agency.

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Completing the Application

Once logged onto ASSIST, click the RFA: 21st (121) for the CCLC and RFA: ASSETs (121) for the ASSETs link to begin your grant application

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Cover Page

Begin the application process by clicking the Enter Data link next to the application item labeled Cover Page. This prompt will bring up the Questions and Contacts sections.

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Questions

Respond to the items in the Questions section. Check the box to indicate a “Yes”. Leave the check box blank to indicate a “No”. Click the Save button.

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Contacts

Click the Add button to add contact information. Use the Type drop-down menu to select a contact type (Authorized Agent, Co-applicant, Fiscal, Program, Other, and Sub-contractor).

The LEA (any agency with a seven-digit County-District code) applicants do not need to enter an Authorized Agent. Superintendent contact data will automatically appear on the Cover Page in the forms packet. Please note that funding priority is given to those applicants with a designated Co-applicant. All other contact types are desired, but not required.

The Non-LEA applicants (including direct-funded charter schools) must include contact data for an Authorized Agent. All other contacts types are desired, but not required. Please note that funding priority is given those applicants with a designated Co-applicant. Do not abbreviate address information such as “Rd.” for Road or “St.” for Street. Include current phone numbers and email addresses.

Click the Save button after adding each contact type. Click the Cover Page button to review the contact data. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the Save as Final button. To change contact data, click the Edit link adjacent to the contact’s name on the RFA Cover Page. Re-click the Save as Final button to update any portion of the application.

Changes are accepted up to the application due date. To update any part of the application, click the RFA Checklist button. Click the Enter Data link next to the application item you wish to update. Re-click the Save as Final button to update any portion of the application.

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Grant Requests Page

Click the Enter Data link next to the application item labeled Grant Requests Page.

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Identifying School Sites

Click the Add School button to request program funding. Enter the school’s 14-digit CDS code (no dashes or spaces).

The ASSIST will determine your school type based on grades served as reported to the CDE as designated in the Consolidated Application and Reporting System web page. Only schools serving elementary and middle school students will be accepted for the 21st CCLC application, and only schools serving high school students will be accepted for the ASSETs application.

Check all funding types for which the school is applying. Funding types offered for the 21st CCLC application are Core: After School Base, Core: After School Supplemental (Summer), Core: Before School Base, Core: Before School Supplemental (Summer), and Equitable Access. The funding type offered for the ASSETs application are Core: After School Base and Equitable Access. Check all that apply for that individual school. Click Save.

If an error message appears stating, “You have entered an invalid CDS code. Please check the number and try again.” Retry adding the school using the correct 14-digit CDS code. For CDS code help, please visit the California Public School Directory web page.

Repeat to add another school to the application request.

To delete a school from the list, click the Edit link to the right of the school name.

Uncheck the boxes indicating the funding type. Click the Save button. The school will no longer appear on the Grant Requests Page.

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Requesting Funding for School Sites

To request school award amounts, click the Request Funds link to the right of the school name on the Grant Requests Page.

21st Century Community Learning Centers Applicants

For After School Base funding, enter the number of days the program will operate and the number of students you propose to serve daily. After School Base programs must operate on every regular school day, including minimum school days.

For After School Summer/Supplemental funding, enter the amount of money being requested.

Note: After School Summer/Supplemental funding is capped at 30 percent of the sum total of all After School Base awards at the site (including After School Education and Safety [ASES] and 21st CCLC funding). Any request made above the legislative maximum will be adjusted at time of award.

For Before School Base funding, enter the number of days the program will operate and the number of students you propose to serve daily. Before School Base programs must operate on every regular school day, including minimum school days.

For Before School Supplemental funding, enter the amount of money being requested.

Note: Before School Summer/Supplemental funding is capped at 30 percent of the sum total of all Before School Base awards at the site (including ASES and 21st CCLC funding). Any request made above the legislative maximum will be adjusted at time of award.

After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens Applicants

For After School Base funding, enter the number of days the program will operate and the number of students you propose to serve daily.  After School Base programs must operate on every regular school day, including minimum days.

21st Century Community Learning Centers and After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens Applicants

For Equitable Access funding, enter the amount of the funding requested. The maximum award amount for the Equitable Access program is $25,000 per school site.

Click the Calculate button to show your funding request amounts. When you are satisfied with the request amounts, click the Calculate and Save button and then it will take you to the Grant Request Page to view your list of schools. Depending on the Program Type, the applicant may need to click on the Program Type drop down menu and select the Program Type requested.

Repeat process to establish the request amount for the next school. Then click the Save All Grant Requests as Final button to submit your grant requests.

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Core Grant Budget

Click the RFA Checklist button. Click the Enter Data link next to the application item labeled Budget-Core. Input the program budget by line item for the total Core request. Core includes After School Base, After School Summer, Before School Base, and Before School Summer. Input a description in the Description fields for each corresponding budgeted line item. Click the Calculate Total or the Calculate and Save button. Adjust as necessary. Click the Save as Final button to submit your budget to the CDE.

Note: ASSIST will not allow the budgeting of amounts that exceed the legislative caps, including large school adjustments. Legislative caps: 21st CCLC Elementary Schools, $112,500; 21st CCLC Middle Schools, $150,000; ASSETs: $250,000.

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Equitable Access Budget

Complete this portion of the application only if you have applied for Equitable Access funding for one or more schools. Click the RFA Checklist button. Click the Enter Data link next to the application item labeled Equitable Access Budget. Input the program budget by line item for the total Equitable Access request. Input a description in the Description fields for each corresponding budgeted line item. Click the Calculate Total or the Calculate and Save button. Adjust as necessary. Click the Save as Final button to submit your budget to the CDE.

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Review

Click the RFA Checklist button. Check the status column to ensure all required application items have been submitted. Required application items include the Cover Page, Grant Requests Page, and applicable Budgets.

Changes are accepted up to the application due date. To update any part of the application, click the RFA Checklist button. Click the Enter Data link next to the application item you wish to update. Re-click the Save as Final button to update any portion of the application.

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Download, Print, and Sign Before the Application Due Date

Click the RFA Checklist button. Select the set of forms labeled Cover Page to be printed from the Application Page drop-down menu. Use the viewing window to review the information contained in the form. If complete and accurate, select the Portable Document Format (PDF) file format on Export Icon drop-down menu. A downloadable PDF file will emerge. Open the file and review. Do not overwrite pre-populated data. If you detect errors, click the RFA Checklist button to update the appropriate section(s) of your application, and try printing again.

Repeat the process above for the forms labeled Signatures and Approvals; Award Calculator; Private, Assurances, etc.

Click the RFA Checklist button. Select the set of forms labeled Designee, Offsite, etc., to be printed from the Application Page drop-down menu. Select Word file format from the Export Icon drop-down menu. A downloadable Word document will emerge. These forms are not pre-populated and will require manual operations. Open the Word form and fill out manually.

Note: If names of principals or superintendent appear incorrect on the Signatures and Approvals form, please visit the California Public School Directory Submitting Corrections Web page to make corrections. We will accept new principal signatures while the Public School Directory updates are being processed. You may line through the former principal name and write in the name of the new principal who will be signing the application.

Note: Signature stamps, electronic stamps, or any form of reproduced stamp that is not an authentic, original, “wet” signature will be disqualified; signatures must be made using blue ink or they will be disqualified.

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Multiple Applications

While it is permissible to submit multiple applications, it is not recommended. If an additional application is desired, it is best to complete one application before beginning another. The ASSIST will naturally revert back to the most recent application created. To toggle between applications, click on the Application drop down menu at the bottom of the RFA Checklist web page. Exercise caution when toggling and printing multiple applications. See application number at the top of each page to ensure proper grouping.

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Final Review

Updates in the ASSIST application are accepted up to the due date. To update any part of the application, click the RFA Checklist button. Click the Enter Data link next to the application item you wish to update. Re-click the Save as Final button to update any portion of the application. Reprint the updated application item and gather the necessary signatures.

Note: Signature stamps, electronic stamps, or any form of reproduced stamp that is not an authentic, original, “wet” signature will be disqualified; signatures must be made using blue ink or they will be disqualified.

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21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Application Identification Number

Once you have received a 21st CCLC Grant Application Identification Number from ASSIST (printed at the top of the forms), you must manually input that number into FAAST when you upload your program narratives. Only one application narrative is allowable in FAAST per ASSIST application identification number. Once you create your account in FAAST there will be a location on the Organization page to input the ASSIST-generated Grant Application Identification Number. If you do not input your ASSIST Grant Application Identification Number, we may not be able to identify your application narrative.

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Mail Application(s)

An original signed application must be received no later than Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 4 p.m. Postmarks will not be accepted.

Mail or hand deliver to:

California Department of Education
Expanded Learning Division
1430 N Street, Suite 3400
Sacramento, CA 95814-5901

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Questions:   Expanded Learning Division | expandedlearning@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0923
Last Reviewed: Friday, November 1, 2019
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