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21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant is a competitive grant that provides federal funding to establish community learning centers that provide academic, artistic and cultural enrichment opportunities for students and their families. These opportunities must occur during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session to help students attending high-poverty and low-performing schools to meet state and local standards in core academic subjects. Centers must also offer students a broad array of activities that can complement their regular academic programs, to offer literacy and other educational services to their families. 
 
The 21st CCLC grant is authorized under, Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (P.L. 107-110), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and reauthorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015. The 21st CCLC grant is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and provides funding for the establishment of community learning centers to provide students with academic enrichment opportunities. In addition to academics, 21st CCLC grantees may also offer participants a broad array of other services and programs, such as counseling, character education, drug and violence prevention programming, art, music, recreation activities and technology education. Ancillary services for parents such as literacy instruction may also be given.
 
Currently, PDE is administering 21st CCLC grants to three cohorts of awardees. Each grant award is for three consecutive years, contingent on continued availability of funding from the federal government and satisfactory performance. If awardees are found to not be meeting the requirements of the grant or choose to no longer participate in year two or three, subsequent funding will not be provided to those entities.
 
In the fall of 2015 Cohort 6A grantees were offered an invitation to apply for a fourth year of continuation funding and 34 grantees applied.  Those grants will end September 30, 2016.  
 
The Cohort 8 application for 21st CCLC is  no longer available for application.
 

Grant Information 

Grant Program Name: 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant
CFDA: 84.287
Funding Source:
Federal
Deadline: Closed.

Application Information: A copy of the previous application can be viewed under Application Information and Forms.
 
Funding Priorities: As mandated by federal law (P.L. 107-110, §4204[i]), highest funding priority will be given to applications that meet both of the following conditions:
 
  1. The applicant proposes to serve students who attend school districts that have been identified
           for improvement by the Pennsylvania Department of Education; and
  2. The application has been submitted jointly by at least one LEA receiving funds under Title I, 
           Part A and at least one public or private community organization.
 

Program Description: The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program is authorized under, Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (P.L. 107-110), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and reauthorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015. The 21st CCLC program provides funding for the establishment of community learning centers to provide academic, artistic and cultural enhancement activities to students and their families when school is not in session. The primary goal of these centers is to assist students with meeting state and local standards for core subjects such as reading and mathematics, by providing students with academic enrichment opportunities. In addition to academics, centers may also offer participants a broad array of other services and programs, such as art, music, service learning, character education, drug and violence prevention programming, recreation activities and technology education. Those opportunities may take place before school, after school and/or during the summer. Ancillary services for parents such as literacy instruction may also be given.

Restrictions on Funding: The amount of funding per grant is dependent upon the range and extent of services described in the application, the number of participants to be served and the special needs demonstrated by the targeted student population. In order to ensure that grants are of sufficient size and scope to support high quality, effective programs, no award will be issued for less than $50,000. Applicants planning to operate small programs, those requiring less than $50,000 per year, should form consortia with other potential applicants to increase likelihood of funding receipt. To the extent practicable, the Pennsylvania Department of Education shall distribute funds equitably among geographic areas within the state, including urban and rural communities.
 
Eligible Entities and/or Partners: Examples of agencies that are eligible to apply for these funds include, but are not limited to: local education agencies (LEA), non-profit community-based organizations, city or county government agencies, faith-based organizations, family centers, higher education institutions, for-profit corporations and consortia of two or more of such agencies, organizations, or entities. It is critical that eligible organizations collaborate with LEAs when applying for funds. Non-LEA applicants must provide documentation that they have the full support of the school district to which services are targeted. Likewise, LEA applicants must clearly demonstrate cross-collaboration with relevant school and community groups, agencies and entities.
 
Method of Distribution: Competitive application process. 
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