21ST CENTURY COMMUNITY
LEARNING CENTERS

CONTACT :: Chris Vecchione, Assistant Director

ELIGIBILITY TO APPLY

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.

PURPOSE OF PROGRAM

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!! 2018-19 Request for Proposals
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) is pleased to announce the 2018-19 Request for Proposals (RFP) for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) competitive grant program. Any public or private organization is eligible to apply for a 21st CCLC grant. Agencies and organizations eligible under the 21st CCLC 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. For more information, click HERE.


NEW!! CCIP Opens for the 21st CCLC 2018-19 Grant Competition
The application for the 21st CCLC 2018-19 grant completion will go live on April 20th at 8:00 am in the web-based grants management system, the Comprehensive Continuous Improvement Plan (CCIP). The deadline for submitting the 2018-19 application is May 30th, 2018, at 11:59 pm EDT. Please note that the DPI office will be closed on May 28th in observance of Memorial Day.


NEW!! Call for Reviewers
For June 2018 Reviews of 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) Grant Applications

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) is seeking qualified individuals to serve as grant reviewers to read and score the 2018 21st CCLC applications during the period June 4 - 29, 2018. The review process is being managed for the NCDPI by the SERVE Center at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). Interested individuals should apply by April 29, 2018 via the online application process.

Download the Reviewer Application Instructions file for instructions on how to apply, as well as information about NC 21st CCLC reviewer qualifications, requirements, timeline, and compensation. (pdf, 38kb)

The online application can be accessed at: https://uncg.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1RFtsWh7g6DmL9X.

Please note: Applicants will need to submit a current résumé and references with their application (upload instructions are embedded within the online application).

You may contact Beth Thrift at the SERVE Center if you have questions about the NC 21st CCLC Grant Reviewer application process.


NEW!! 21st CCLC Fiscal and Program Guidance Updated April 2018
(pdf, 1.1mb)


21st CCLC under the ESSA
Section 4204(a) of the ESSA defines Expanded Learning Program (ELP) activities as enrichment and engaging academic activities that are included as part of a program that provides students at least 300 additional program hours before, during, or after the traditional school day and supplements, but does not supplant regular school day requirements. States receiving 21st CCLC funds may, but are not required, to support ELP activities. At this time, the North Carolina 21st CCLC program does not include ELP activities as defined under the ESSA in the competitive grant program.

Section 4204(j) of the ESSA notes that a state may, but is not required, to renew a subgrant provided under this part to an eligible entity, based on the eligible entity’s performance during the preceding subgrant period. While North Carolina does consider subgrant performance during the preceding year as a part of the Continuation award during the three-year award period, North Carolina does not currently offer renewability as allowed under the ESSA.