CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Education is accepting applications for competitive grants for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers. The program hopes to establish or expand community learning centers that assist learning and development for school-age children and their families during out-of-school time.
The WVDE anticipates awarding up to 20 three-year grants provided with funding from the U.S. Department of Education. By federal law, a 21st CCLC grant may not be less than $50,000 but not more than $350,000 per year and no matching funds will be required.
Applications that serve children in schools designated as “in need of improvement” under Title I, and also identified by the WVDE as low performing schools will be given priority.
Each local grant application must describe information such as the before- and after-school and summer school (optional) activities to be funded, how the activities will improve student achievement, how students will travel safely to and from the learning center, among other criteria.
Public and private organizations, such as nonprofit agencies, city and county government agencies, faith-based organizations, institutions of high learning and for-profit agencies, may apply for funding.
The WVDE will conduct a competitive review process next spring, with funding expected to begin July 1, 2009.
The deadline for applications is Friday, March 13, 2009, at 3 p.m. Applicants should include the original application plus six copies. Applications should be mailed or delivered to: Sallie Harrington, assistant director, Division of Special Projects – Superintendent’s Center for 21st Century Schools, West Virginia Department of Education, Building 6, Room 230, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, WV 25305. She also can be reached at (304) 558-7881, by fax at (304) 558-3946 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org . Additional information is available at http://21stcclc.k12.wv.us or by contacting the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.