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 2022 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Request for Proposal and Bidders’ Conference on February 2, 2022 for those organizations interested in applying for Grant funding for 2022-2023. It is recommended that any interested organization attend the conference webinar or view the recording.

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. Additionally, a family engagement program goal supports participating families and offers literacy and other educational services to the families.

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
Download the 2022 Request for Proposal ❯

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.

2022 applications are due by 4:00 pm eastern standard time on Friday, April 29, 2022. Applications will not be accepted after that time.

To access the Grants and Planning System to create and submit your application, the Intent To Apply Form must be received by the 21stCCLC Coordinator via email by by April 1, 2022. Any that do not complete and return the form by the deadline will not receive access to the GPS, thereby disqualifying them from competing in the 2022-23 grant funding competition.

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

  • Geographic Diversity: To expand the geographic distribution of programs, four priority points will be awarded to applications that propose to serve schools in counties that have not had a 21stCCLC grant in the past five years.
  • STEM- Programs that provide opportunities for participants in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEM) will be awarded two priority points.
  • Applicants that proposed to serve only schools identified as Comprehensive Support and Improvement schools as designated needing improvement under section 1116 of ESEA will receive ten priority points.
  • Schools that provide Career Technical Education (CTE) services limited to middle school and/or high school students and applicants who submit jointly with LEAs, public, or private organizations will receive two priority points. Services are defined as required classes that lead to the completion of a certification in high school. Classes that provide CTE information about programs and careers in middle school or required classes that lead to the completion of a certificate.
  • Joint submission applications submitted jointly by school districts receiving Title I funds and community-based organizations or other public or private organizations will be awarded four priority points.

Conference Details

A Virtual Bidders Conference is scheduled for the following date:

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

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Or call in (audio only) +1 304-553-7794,392069942#
United States, Charleston
Phone Conference ID: 392 069 942#

Technical Assistance

Two technical assistance conference calls will be available through Microsoft Teams. These will provide information regarding the 21stCCLC program and offer an opportunity to applicants to ask questions. Participants may join these calls.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022, at 10 a.m.

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Phone Conference ID: 147 803 775# 12

Wednesday, March 30, at 10 a.m.

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Phone Conference ID: 379 715 764#