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 2023 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Request for Proposal in February 2023 for those organizations interested in applying for Grant funding for 2023. It is recommended that any interested organization attend a bidder’s conference 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