The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce the availability of 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grant funds to be awarded to school divisions and eligible organizations to support the implementation of community learning centers that will assist student learning and development.  Funding for this program is provided through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended.

The Department will fund projects that provide significantly expanded learning opportunities for children and youth and that will assist students in meeting or exceeding state and local standards in core academic subjects.  Applicants eligible to submit a proposal for this competition are school divisions, nonprofit agencies, city or county government agencies, faith-based organizations, institutions of higher education, and for-profit corporations.

Priority points will be given to those applicants that:

  • Jointly submit applications between at least one local school division and at least one public or private community organization;
  • Propose to serve students in schools that either are a priority school, focus school, or not fully accredited;
  • Propose to serve students in middle or high schools; and/or
  • Propose to serve schools with a free and reduced price lunch eligibility of 75 percent or greater.

Applicants are encouraged to consult extensively with parents, community organizations, businesses, arts and cultural organizations, and other youth development agencies, and to work in meaningful collaboration to develop 21st Century Community Learning Centers.