21st Century Community Learning Center Program Grants – Available in October

Beginning in October, the State Department of Education will be accepting grant applications for approximately $1.5 million in afterschool program grants to begin in the 2014-2015 school year. Funding is made possible through a federal allocation to states under the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Program Title IVB.

The 21st CCLC program provides academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for students in grades K-12. Currently in Idaho, funds provide 42 grant programs in 93 centers serving 6,128 students. Programs offer a broad array of opportunities focused on the three program goals: academic and enrichment; pro-social activities, programs and events; and family literacy and related educational development.

Eligible applicants include school districts, municipalities, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations and private corporations. Applicants applying for funding must serve a student population in which 40% qualify for free and reduced lunch or be a school eligible for school-wide programs under Section 1114 of Title I. Successful applicants will receive funding for up to five years.

During the month of November, State Department of Education Staff will be conducting bidder's workshops for those entities interested in applying for funding. It is strongly recommended that those who plan to apply for funding attend this one-day workshop.

To find more information, register for the workshops or review the grant application when it is released in October, please visit http://www.sde.idaho.gov/site/cclc/grants.htm.