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Any public or private organization is eligible to apply for a 21st CCLC grant. Agencies and organizations eligible under the 21st CCLC grant program include, but are not limited to local education agencies (LEAs), non-profit agencies, city or county government agencies, faith-based organizations, institutions of higher education, and for-profit corporations.


The 21st CCLC program is authorized under Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The program provides before and after-school, weekend, and summer school academic enrichment opportunities for children attending low-performing schools to help them meet local and state academic standards in subjects such as reading, mathematics, and science. In addition, programs may provide activities for youth development, drug and violence prevention, art, music, technology, character education, counseling, and recreation to enhance the program's academic components. The program also supports a component for family literacy and community outreach.

  • NEW!! Call for External Organization Profiles The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) is pleased to announce the opportunity for nonprofit organizations within the state to submit an External Organization Profile (EOP) for possible inclusion on a posted list of vendors experienced in providing services in out-of-school time programs for children.  The agency is required under Section 4203(a)(11) of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Title IV, Part B, 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC), to provide a list of prescreened external organizations. The term “external organization” is defined under Section 4201(b)(4) of ESSA, as  a nonprofit organization with a record of success  in running or working with before and after school (or summer recess) programs and activities; or in the case of a community where there is no such organization, a nonprofit organization in the community that enters into a written agreement or  partnership with an organization with a record of success to receive mentoring and guidance in running or  working  with before and after school (or summer recess) programs and activities. For more information and to access the EOP template, please refer to the links below.

21st Century Community Learning Centers Request for Proposals
Thank you for your interest in the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Grant. The request for proposals for the 2017-18 school year closed on January 16, 2017. Please check back for any future competition announcements.