CONTACT :: Brandon Patterson, 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. As a result of successful ESEA waiver application, effective in 2012-2013, 21st CCLC programs in North Carolina may choose to also offer services during the school day. 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.

21st Century Community Learning Centers Request for Proposals

Thank you for your interest in the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Grant. Due to the current level of funding and the obligation to support the 21st CCLC programs already in operation, the NC Department of Public Instruction is not able to host a new competition at this time. However, we are pleased to announce there will be a new competition beginning on August 1, 2016, for potential funding to support the 2017-2018 academic year. Please check back on this site soon to get updates on upcoming technical assistance meetings, training on the web-based grants management system, and other materials developed to support the application process.