State or Federal?
The purpose of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Elementary/Middle Schools program is to support 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 educational services to the families of participating children. Programs must operate during every regular school day and may operate during summer, weekends, intercession, or vacation periods (California Education Code [EC] Section 8484.7).

Awards range from $50,000 to $150,000 per year for a five-year period. Grant award notifications will be allocated in annual increments. See the RFA for additional details.
Eligible Entities
Academic Institutions, K-12 School Districts, K-12 Schools, Local Public Agencies, Native American Tribes, Nonprofit Organizations, Private Corporations
Eligibility Notes
An “eligible entity” refers to an Local Educational Agency (LEA), community-based organization (CBO), Indian tribe or tribal organization (25 U.S.C.A. Section 5130), another public or private entity, or a consortium of two or more such agencies, organizations, or entities (20 U.S.C. Section 7171[b][3]).

Public or private entities are eligible to apply for 21st CCLC funds (20 United States Code §7173[a][3]) provided that they propose to serve Title I schools that have schoolwide programs, or a Title I school with at least 40 percent of the students eligible for Free or Reduced Price Meals and the school is either 1) in Program Improvement, or 2) been determined by the local educational agency to be in need of intervention and support, and all programs must serve the families of students at these schools.

Current 21st CCLC grantees may also apply if they meet one of the following conditions: they are applying for funding at additional school sites (that are eligible); or they are proposed to increase their current school site funding to the legislative cap. Currently funded 21st CCLC and ASES program sites applying to increase school site funding to the legislative cap, or renewing their school’s funding must meet the administrative reporting requirements for fiscal year 2016–17 and be considered in Good Standing to be eligible for 21st CCLC funds.

There are four program types for which 21st CCLC funding can be used: Before School Programs, After School Programs, Summer Programs (including before school summer and after school summer), and Equitable Access.
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Jan 26, 2018
Most Recent RFP Release Date
Nov 22, 2017
Min Award
Max Award
Total Possible Multi-Year Award
Annual or Multi-Year?
Match Required?
California Department of Education, Expanded Learning Division
Total Amount Available for All Grants
Competition Notes
In the most recent funding cycle, fiscal year 2017–18 (Cohort 10), applicants requested over $118 million in 21st CCLC program funding, and approximately $21 million was awarded. Of the 104 applications submitted, 31 applications were funded. Eighteen percent of the total funds requested were awarded, which indicates the highly competitive nature of the process.
Further Information
Program and Fiscal Contact:
Expanded Learning Division
Link to Further Information
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