The West Virginia Department of Education released the 2018 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Request for Proposal and Bidders’ Conference on Thursday, March 29, 2018 for those organizations interested in applying for Grant funding for 2018-2019.  It is recommended that any organization submitting an application view the Bidders’ Conference video.  Both the video and the RFP are posted HERE

This program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly those 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.

The program has served 200,000 students in West Virginia since 2004 and there are currently 133 sites operating around the state. 21st Century Community Learning Centers programs are delivered before school, after school, and during the summer months.

The West Virginia Department of Education makes competitive local grants (based on available federal funding) to eligible organizations to support the implementation of community learning centers that will assist student learning and development.  Eligible applicants are:

  • public and private agencies,
  • city and county governmental agencies,
  • faith-based organizations,
  • institutions of higher education, and
  • for-profit corporations

All inquiries regarding the 21st CCLC application can be directed to Benitez Jackson, or Josh Asbury, in the Office of Federal Programs.