For the 2017-18 school year, the General Assembly of North Carolina appropriated six million dollars ($6,000,000) from the At-Risk Student Services Alternative School Allotment for the Extended Learning and Integrated Student Supports (ELISS) Competitive Grant Program [Session Law 2017-57]. The purpose of the Program is to fund high-quality, independently validated extended learning and integrated student support service programs for at-risk students that raise standards for student academic outcomes.

Nonprofits and nonprofits working in collaboration with local school administrative units may participate in the ELISS program.  Programs must serve one or more of the following student groups:

  1. At-risk students not performing at grade level as demonstrated by statewide assessments
  2. Students at-risk of dropout
  3. Students at-risk of school displacement due to suspension or expulsion as a result of anti-social behaviors.

Grant participants are eligible to receive grants for up to two years in an amount of up to five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) each year. Grants must be matched on the basis of three dollars ($3.00) in grant funds for every one dollar ($1.00) in non-grant funds. Matching funds shall not include other State funds. Matching funds may include in-kind contributions. Matching funds may include in‑kind contributions for up to fifty percent (50%) of the required match.

NEW!! Request for Proposal
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NEW!! Notice of Intent to Apply
An organization that intends to apply for the ELISS grant is encouraged to notify the Department of its intent no later than September 30, 2017. Information collected will be used to determine the number of reviewers needed for the application review process. Please note that the submission of this notice is not a prerequisite for application of grant funds, nor does it obligate the organization to submit an application. (pdf, 97kb)

Extended Learning and Integrated Student Support Grant Program Technical Assistance Webinar

Power Point Presentation
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Training on the Comprehensive Continuous Improvement Plan (CCIP)

The Comprehensive Continuous Improvement Plan (CCIP) is a unified grants application and verification system that consists of two parts: the Planning Tool and the Funding Application. A valid NCID is required to access CCIP. If you do not have one, please CLICK HERE and register as a “Business” entity (required for nonprofit corporations).

For organizations that have NOT been trained on the system, training will be offered on September 12th, 14th, 19th and 21st, 2017.* To register for a training session, CLICK HERE. Training is offered ONLY for organizations that have not been trained previously.  After attending the hands-on training, you will receive a CCIP Access Request Form.  You will then be made “known” to the system, by submitting NCID usernames (NO password) and roles to NCDPI.  Additional information will be given at training.

Call for Reviewers

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) is seeking qualified individuals to serve as grant reviewers to read and score the 2017-2018 Extended Learning and Integrated Student Supports (ELISS) Competitive Grant applications. A one-day face-to-face training for the selected grant reviewers is scheduled to be held in Greensboro, North Carolina on Monday, October 2, 2017. The review process is being managed for the NCDPI by the SERVE Center at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). Interested individuals should apply by September 13, 2017. The application process is described below. Please email Beth Thrift (bthrift@serve.org) at the SERVE Center if you have questions about the application process.
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Excerpt from Session Law 2017-57
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Program Overview and Tentative Timeline
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How to Apply
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Frequently Asked Questions
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