21ST Century Community Learning Center Grants Applications Available

January 23, 2004

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) is pleased to announce the second state 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) competition for grants. The program hopes 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.  

The WVDE anticipates awarding up to 20 three-year grants. By federal law, a 21st CCLC grant may not be less than $50,000 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 WVDE-identified low performing schools will be given priority. To ensure that grantees have access to student achievement data that can be utilized and reported in required evaluations, joint submissions by a Local Education Agency receiving Title I funds, and one or more community-based organizations or other public or private organizations, is strongly recommended.  

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. Click here for an application package (Word Format).  

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 in April 2004, and announce the grant recipients in May 2004, with funding expected to begin in July 2004.  

A technical assistance workshop and a Community Education Associations of West Virginia meeting to distribute applications packages and provide information is scheduled for Friday, February 27, 2004 at the Flatwoods Days Inn Conference Center in Sutton. The workshop is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the Community Education Association of West Virginia is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Click here for registration information for the assistance workshop (Word Format).  

The deadline for applications is Monday, March 29, 2004 at 3 p.m. Applicants should include the original application plus six copies. Applications should be mailed to:  

Sallie A. Harrington, Ed.S Assistant Director, Office of Planning, Evaluation, Special Programs & Support Services West Virginia Department of Education Building 6, Room 230 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East

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