21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Program

July 08, 2002

WHAT? The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) is pleased to announce the first annual state 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) competition for grants to establish and/or expand community learning centers that will assist learning and development for school-age children and their families during out-of-school time. This program was formally administered by the U.S. Department of Education and will now be administered by state educational agencies as authorized under Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, H.R.-1. Allocations for each state are based upon the state’s student enrollment and Title I participation. West Virginia expects to receive $2,395,587 (year 1) with 5% reserved for state administration.  

HOW TO APPLY? Application information should be available on the WVDE website http://wvde.state.wv.us by early October 2002, and will be mailed to public school superintendents and other interested persons. Each local 21st CCLC 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; the partnership(s) between a local educational agency and a community-based organization and another public or private organization (as appropriate); an evaluation of the community needs and available resources for the learning center; and other provisions requested in the application package.  

HOW MANY GRANTS WILL BE MADE AND FOR HOW MUCH? By federal statute a 21st CCLC grant may not be less than $50,000 per year. WVDE anticipates awarding 10-20 three-year grants (with a possible option for reduced funding in years four and five for successful programs) in the first year’s competition. No matching funds are required.  

WHO WILL BE SERVED? Students in high poverty schools who need help meeting state and local standards in the core content areas such as reading, math and science, as well as the families of these students who need literacy and related educational development.  

Competitive priorities will be given to WV applications that: (a) serve children in WVDE-identified low performing schools; (b) serve children in WVDE-identified seriously impaired schools; and (c) which include a joint submission with a Local Education Agency (LEA) that receives Title-I funding.  

WHO CAN APPLY? Any public or private organization is eligible to apply. Examples of public and private organizations include, but are not limited to: non-profit agencies, city and county government agencies, faith-based organizations, institutions of higher education, and for-profit corporations.  

WHEN TO APPLY? Eligible applicants must submit their original application plus three copies before December 16, 2002 at 4 p.m. to:  

Dr. Fred W. Harrington West Virginia Department of Education 1900 Kanawha Blvd., East Building 6, Room 230 Charleston, WV 25305  

HOW WILL APPLICATIONS BE REVIEWED? WVDE will conduct a competitive review process in January 2003, and make grant-award announcements in February 2003, with funding expected to begin in July 2003.  

INFORMATION Two half-day workshops (Bidders’ Conferences) will be held to distribute the 21st Century CLC application package, provide information about existing programs and expectations, and respond to questions about the grants at:  

1-4 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15th, 2002 at Pipestem State Park 1-4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16th, 2002 at the Flatwoods Days Inn  

For general 21st CCLC information, contact: http://www.ed.gov/21stcclc For Bidder’s Conference registration, contact: pgivens@access.k12.wv.us or (304) 558-7881.

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