The 21st Century Community Learning Center Program and Grant FAQS
The West Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce its statewide competition for grants to establish and/or expand 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) that will assist learning and development for school-age children and their families during out-of-school time.
Public and private organizations may apply for funding. Examples of public and private organizations include, but are not limited to: local education agencies, non-profit agencies, city and county government agencies, faith-based organizations, institutions of higher education, and for-profit agencies.
Application information will be made available on the 21stCCLC website in early spring of each year. Information will also be emailed to public school superintendents and other interested persons.
Each local 21st CCLC grant application must describe information such as:
Viewing the annual Bidders' Conference is strongly recommended but not required.
By federal statute a 21st CCLC grant may not be less than $50,000 and no matching funds are required. Grants previously were between $50,000 and $220,000.
Contingent upon funding from the USDOE and providing evidence of annual effectiveness, WV has the discretion to award grants to local organizations for a period of 5 years. Funding will decrease to 80% of original funding in year 4 and 70% in year 5.
WVDE will conduct a competitive review process in the spring of each year with funding contingent on the USDOE expected to begin the following July.
2017 applications WILL NOT be accepted after 12:00 p.m. on Friday, May 19, 2017.
Funds may be used on remedial education activities and academic enrichment learning programs, including providing additional assistance to students to allow the students to improve their academic achievement.
Applicants are reminded of their obligation under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act to ensure that their proposed community learning centers programs are accessible to persons with disabilities
Federal criteria require that states make awards only to applicants that will primarily serve students that attend schools with a high concentration of low-income students, giving priority to applicants serving children in high-priority schools. Therefore, applicants must propose services ONLY to schools with 40 percent or more of the students enrolled eligible for free or reduced priced meals. Priority will be given to the following:
1. School(s) that have been designated as:
2. Programs that provide opportunities for participants in science, technology, arts, engineering and mathematics (STEAM).
3. Services to middle school and/or high school students
4. Services to students attending schools designated as in need of improvement under Title I and that are submitted jointly by school districts receiving Title I funds and community-based organizations or other public or private organizations
In determining whether an application has been “submitted jointly,” States should look for evidence in the application that the LEA and at least one other organization collaborated in the
planning and design of the program, each have substantial roles to play in the delivery of services, share grant resources to carry out those roles, and have significant ongoing involvement in the management and oversight of the program. States may want to consider what organization(s) wrote the application, what organization will be the fiscal agent, whether there is a history of these organizations working together, and whether there is evidence in the application of integration of the after-school program activities with the regular school day program. Letters of endorsement are not by themselves sufficient evidence that organizations or school districts have substantially been involved in the design of a program.(This clarification comes from the USDOE Nonregulatory Guidance for 21st CCLC programs.)