CONTACT :: Chris Vecchione, Assistant Director


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!! External Organization Profiles

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) 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.

To meet the requirements for the minimum record of success, any organization submitting an External Organization Profile (EOP) must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently operate as a nonprofit in good standing in North Carolina; and
  • Have a minimum of five years of experience operating or delivering services to out-of-school time programs in North Carolina.

Please note that meeting the criteria for the EOP list will not result in a contract with the NCDPI, nor does the listing represent an endorsement by NCDPI or any other State agency. The NCDPI will verify the “good standing” status of the nonprofit using the State and Federal suspended or debarred vendor list once the profile is submitted and periodically thereafter. All eligible prescreened organizations which maintain a status of “good standing” will remain on the list for two years once posted on the website.


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.

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.