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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.





Spotsylvania 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)

Proposed Deep Cuts to Afterschool Programs would hurt Students and Communities

President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget includes a $1.2 billion cut to after-school and summer programs. In explaining the budget on Thursday, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said there is no evidence that after-school programs benefit student performance.


What Can We Do?

Dear Afterschool Professional:

Events recently have left our small team at the National AfterSchool Association and the members of our community sad, frightened and asking, "What can we do?"
To all who work in this field, our answer is this: Keep doing what you are doing. Keep teaching children that love is greater than hate.


Student-Athlete Concussions

During the 2015 General Assembly Session, legislation was introduced by Delegate Luke Torian (House Bill 2006) and Senator Richard Stuart (Senate Bill 998).  The legislation as introduced would have required each local school division to establish a management plan for implementation of and compliance with its policies and procedures on the identification and handling of suspected concussions in student-athletes.  The Senate Education and Health Committee and the House Education Committee members reviewed these bills and determined that further study of this issue would be appropriate.  The members of the Committees requested the Commission on Youth to study the provisions set forth in the legislation.  As a result, the Commission on Youth adopted a study plan on May 5, 2015 to address student-athlete concussions. 

According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, concussions are considered to be one of the most complex sports injuries.  Short-term effects may include: loss of consciousness, confusion, memory disturbance, slowed reaction time, headaches, dizziness, vomiting, mood changes and sleep alternation.  Long-term effects may include: depression, mild memory disturbance, mild cognitive impairment, chronic headaches, irritability, vertigo, difficulty concentrating, impulsiveness and posttraumatic stress disorder. 


Providing supper to kids through an afterschool program? The Virginia No Kid Hungry campaign is requesting your participation in a short (5-10 minute) survey designed to study how afterschool programs in the Commonwealth are meeting the nutritional needs of their participants. Please click here to support the First Lady’s initiative to end child hunger in Virginia and learn about about federal funding to provide kids with healthy meals after school. If you are interested in supporting your program’s food service with funding from the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and/or the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), please contact No Kid Hungry Virginia State Director, Eddie Oliver, at 804-692-2583 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For information about Virginia No Kid Hungry and grant opportunities follow No Kid Hungry on Facebook or Twitter, or visit their website.



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