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Request for Proposals for 21st Century Community Learning Centers Competitive Grant Program

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 comprehensive support and improvement school, additional targeted support and improvement school, and/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 must 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.


Technical assistance workshops are scheduled as outlined below.






School Board Office

8020 River Stone Drive

Fredericksburg, VA 22407


March 5, 2019

8:30 a.m.

9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Workforce Development and Conference Center

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

Richmond, Virginia

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

8:30 a.m.

9 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center

110 Shenandoah Ave NW

Roanoke, Virginia 24016


March 11, 2019

8:30 a.m.

9 a.m.-3 p.m.


Registration information and workshop locations are included in Attachment A.  School divisions and eligible organizations interested in attending one of the workshops should submit a registration form no later than Friday, February 22, 2019.


Applications for 21st CCLC competitive grant funds must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2019. The application and Guidelines, Instructions and Assurances documents are available upon request from  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


The completed application and attachments may be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or sent by standard mail, overnight carrier, or hand delivered to:

Marsha Granderson, Education Specialist

Office of ESEA Programs

Virginia Department of Education

James Monroe Building, 23rd Floor

101 North 14th Street

Richmond, Virginia  23219


If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Marsha Granderson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (804) 786-1993.



  1. Regional RFP Technical Assistance Workshop Registration Form (Word)