The Nita M. Lowery  21st Century Community Learning Center Program  – West Virginia 21st Century Community Learning Centers


The West Virginia Department of Education released the 2020 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Request for Proposal and Bidders’ Conference on Tuesday, February, 2020 for those organizations interested in applying for Grant funding for 2020-2021.  It is recommended that any organization submitting an application view the Bidders’ Conference PowerPoint.  Both the PowerPoint and the RFP are posted on 21stcclc website.

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

2020 Request for Proposal

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Frequently Asked Questions

The 21st Century Community Learning Center Program and Grant FAQS:

The West Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce its statewide competition for grants to establish and/or expand 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) that will assist learning and development for school-age children and their families during out-of-school time.

Public and private organizations may apply for funding. Examples of public and private organizations include, but are not limited to: local education agencies, non-profit agencies, city and county government agencies, faith-based organizations, institutions of higher education and for-profit agencies.

Application information will be made available on the 21stCCLC website in early spring of each year. Information will also be emailed to public school superintendents and other interested persons.

Each local 21st CCLC grant application must describe information such as:

  • the before- and after-school and-summer-school (optional) activities to be funded;
  • how the activities will improve student achievement;
  • how students will travel safely to and from the learning center;
  • the partnership(s) between a local educational agency and a community-based organization and another public or private organization (as appropriate);
  • an evaluation of the community needs and available resources for the learning center; and other provisions requested in the application package.

Viewing the annual Bidders’ Conference is strongly recommended but not required.

By federal statute, a 21st CCLC grant may not be less than $50,000 and no matching funds are required. Grants previously were between $50,000 and $220,000. Contingent upon funding from the USDOE and providing evidence of annual effectiveness, WV has the discretion to award grants to local organizations for a period of 5 years. Funding will decrease to 80% of original funding in year 4 and 70% in year 5.

Students and families who live in high-poverty communities and attend low-performing schools.

WVDE will conduct a competitive review process in the spring of each year with funding contingent on the USDOE expected to begin the following July.

2020 applications are due by 4:00 p.m. eastern standard time and will not be accepted after 4:00 p.m. on Friday May 29, 2020.

Funds may be used on remedial education activities and academic enrichment learning programs, including providing additional assistance to students to allow the students to improve their academic achievement.

  • Academic enrichment learning programs, mentoring programs, remedial education activities, and tutoring services that are aligned with
  • The challenging State and academic standards and any local academic standards; and
  • Local curricula that are designed to improve student academic achievement;
  • Well-rounded education activities, including such activities that enable students to be eligible for credit recovery or attainment;
  • Literacy education programs, including financial literacy programs and environmental literacy programs;
  • Programs that support a healthy and active lifestyle, including nutritional education and regular, structured physical activity programs;
  • Services for individuals with disabilities;
  • Programs that provide after-school activities for students who are English learners that emphasize language skills and academic achievement;
  • Cultural programs;
  • Telecommunications and technology education programs;
  • Expanded library service hours;
  • Parenting skills programs that promote parental engagement, family literacy, and adult skill development;
  • Programs that provide assistance to students who have been truant, suspended, or expelled to allow the students to improve their academic achievement;
  • Drug and violence prevention programs, counseling programs;
  • Programs that build skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), including computer science, and that foster innovation in learning by supporting nontraditional STEM education teaching methods; and

Programs that partner with in-demand fields of the local workforce or build career competencies and career readiness and ensure that local workforce and career readiness skills are aligned with the Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (20 U.S.C 2301 et seq.) and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (29 U.S.C. 3101 et seq.).

Applicants are reminded of their obligation under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act to ensure that their proposed community learning centers programs are accessible to persons with disabilities

Priority will be given to the following:

  1. Proposals that serve schools in the following counties: Booke, Gilmer, Grant, Hampshire, Hancock, Hardy, Jefferson, Marshall, Mercer, Monroe, Mineral, Ohio, Pendleton, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Putnam, Raleigh, Summers, Tucker, Tyler, Wetzel, Wirt, and Wyoming.
  2. Programs that provide focused opportunities for participants in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEM).
  3. Applicants that proposed to serve only schools that have been identified as Comprehensive Improvement and Support schools, Targeted Improvement and Support schools designated as in need of improvement under section 1116 of ESEA.
  4. Schools that provide CTE services limited to middle school and/or high school students and applicants who submit jointly with LEAs, public, or private organizations.

Joint submission applications and that are submitted jointly by school districts receiving Title I funds and community-based organizations or other public or private organizations.

Bidder’s Conferences will be held at three locations for the ease of attendance by interested participants.

Attendance is not a requirement for proposal submission.

The conference locations and dates include:

  • Southern West Virginia, February 25, 2020, 1:00 p.m., Beckley Raleigh County Civic Center, 200 Armory Drive, Beckley, WV 25801
  • Northern Panhandle, March 3, 2020, 1:30 p.m., Oglebay Resort Wheeling, WV 465 Lodge Drive, Wheeling, WV 26003
  • Eastern Panhandle March 5, 2020, 10:00 a.m., South Branch Inn, Romney, WV 64 Heritage Circle, Romney, WV 26757

Applicants may register at this website for a conference of their choosing.

Technical Assistance conference calls will be held at two dates. These will provide information regarding the 21st CCLC program and offer an opportunity for applicants to ask questions regarding the program, process and or requirements. Participants may join these calls as needed and dates include:

  • April 24, 2020, 10:00 a.m., access the Microsoft Team meeting by calling 304-553-7794and using conference ID: 861 919 118#
  • May 15, 2020, 10:00 a.m., access the Microsoft Team meeting by calling 304-553-7794 and using conference ID: 417 061 669#