21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) Grant Program Conference

September 27, 2002

The West Virginia Department of Education announces a bidder’s conference for the 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) Grant Program. The conference has been scheduled for October 15, 2002, at Pipestem State Park and October 16, 2002, at the Flatwoods Days Inn. The morning sessions, which will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., will be devoted to the "WV After School for All" organization. The afternoon sessions, which will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., will be devoted to how to apply for the 21st CCLC grant program.  

The WV 21st CCLC competition for grants encourages the establishment and/or expansion of community learning centers that assist learning and development for school-age children and their families during out-of-school time. Formerly administered by the United States Department of Education, the program will now be administered by state educational agencies.  

Beginning in the summer of 2003, these grants will fund after-school programs for children in high poverty areas. The grants, which will be no less than $50,000, will be awarded on a competitive basis. Applicants may include schools or school systems, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, public and/or private agencies.  

At the Bidders’ Conference, prospective applicants will receive copies of the application package, review process and grantee requirements, as well as examples of effective partnerships and high quality after school programs. Participants will also be able to participate in a question and answer session. The deadline for conference registration is September 30.  

Deadline for the submission of the completed application package is December 16, 2002. The grant application package and information flyer is available online at http://wvde.state.wv.us/21st/ Pand for WV 21st CCLC information, please contact Pat Givens at (304) 558-7881 or pgivens@access.k12.wv.us.

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