The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking proposals for the 21st Century Community Learning Center Program that implement community learning centers to assist student learning and development.
Donor Name: West Virginia Department of Education
State: West Virginia
County: All Counties
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: $100,000 to $500,000
Grant Duration: Grant Duration Not Mentioned
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. It also offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs. Additionally, the program supports participating students’ families and offers literacy and other educational services to the families.
By federal statute, a 21st CCLC grant minimum award is $50,000 per year. Grants are funded based on the proposed average daily attendance. Each daily filled afterschool slot receives a maximum of $3,050 per year. For example, an applicant that plans to serve 50 students daily could seek $152,500 per year (50 ADA X $3,050). If a grantee will provide transportation from the afterschool program to the students’ residence or nearby bus stop, then an additional $10,000 transportation award may be provided. The maximum amount of funding is capped at $250,000 plus the $10,000 transportation award. The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) reserves the right not to award all requested grant funds and/or to negotiate specific grant amounts. All awards are subject to the availability of federal funds, and grants are not final until the WVDE grant award is fully executed.
The program may provide a broad array of enrichment services, programs, and activities that are designed to complement and reinforce the regular academic program of students and are enjoyed by the students. Programs must ensure the academic enrichment services provided are aligned with the school’s curriculum in the core subject areas. The program should also target students who may be at risk for academic failure and their families. Examples of enrichment include:
- Remedial Education
- Expanded Library Hours
- Drug and Violence Prevention Programs
- Parent Involvement
- Resiliency Programs
- Character Education
- STEM Activities
- Entrepreneurial Education
- Arts and Music Activities
- Financial Literacy Programs
- Tutoring and Mentoring Programs
- Nutrition and Health Programs
- Recreational, Fitness and Wellness Activities
- Service-Learning and Service Projects
- Positive Youth Development Activities
- Career and Technical Programs.
Private and public organizations may apply for funding. The following entities are eligible to apply:
- Local Education Agencies (LEA)
- Community-based Organizations (CBO)
- Faith-based Organizations (FBO)
- Institution of Higher Education (IHE)
- City or County Government agencies
- Charter Schools
- For-profit corporations and other public or private entities
Federal criteria require that states make awards to applicants that will primarily serve students who attend schools with a high concentration of low-income students. To be eligible to apply for this grant, an applicant must serve students who attend:
- schools eligible for schoolwide programs under Title I, Section 1114 of ESSA, and the families of these students; or
- schools with at least 50 percent of students directly certified to receive federal assistance (i.e percent of low SES to be 50 percent or greater).
For more information, visit WVDOE.