Program Description

This State formula grant program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.

General Program Requirements

Formula grants are awarded to State educational agencies, which in turn manage statewide competitions and award grants to eligible entities. For this program, eligible entity means a local educational agency, community-based organization, another public or private entity, or a consortium of two or more of such agencies, organizations, or entities. States must give priority to applications that are jointly submitted by a local educational agency and a community-based organization or other public or private entity.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

Many states around the country are conducting competitions to award 21st Century Community Learning Center grants. The 21st CCLC State Contact List includes links to State websites and is located here.

Program Contact Information

Valerie Randall
Group Leader
valerie.randall@ed.gov
202-205-3804

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number84.287C
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Can the funding from the program be renewedYes
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations, Other Tribal and Native Entities, Non-Tribal Entities
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)2.6 million nationwide
Length of Programprogram grant lengths vary by State, but minimum 3 years
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Tribes Funded by this ProgramApprox. 65 BIE Schools

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