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21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Grant Program

Grants to Ohio Schools, Nonprofits, Businesses, and Agencies
for Educational Enrichment for Low-Income Students

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Ohio Department of Education

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04/26/19 5:00 PM EST


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Grants starting at $50,000 per year to Ohio school districts, schools, nonprofit and faith-based organizations, businesses, agencies, and IHEs to provide educational enrichment for disadvantaged students in low-performance schools. Funding is intended to serve students who are economically disadvantaged, receiving special education services, English learners, academically at-risk and/or who could benefit from the supports provided during the additional learning time. Funding priority will be given to students attending Title 1-designated schools that are implementing comprehensive support and improvement activities or targeted support.

The purpose of the 21st CCLC program is threefold. All funded programs must:
1. Provide opportunities for academic enrichment to assist students in meeting the state academic standards;
2. Offer students access to a broad array of additional services, such as those that focus on youth development, social emotional learning, civic engagement, and nutritional and physical health; and
3. Offer adult family members of program participants opportunities for educational development and engagement in their children’s education.

Applicants will implement 21st CCLC programming using one of the following options:

Option 1: Expanded Learning Time (ELT) – available to elementary, middle and high school students. Applicants choosing this option must offer a minimum of 300 expanded learning program hours by establishing a school schedule that does the following:
- Increases the total number of hours required for all students by a minimum of 300 hours above the amount offered in either school year 2017-2018 (SY18) or 2018-2019 (SY19); and
- Reflects a total of a minimum of 1,245 hours (for elementary schools) and 1,305 hours (for secondary schools).
- Applicants utilizing the ELT option only may calculate hours from the expanded learning time in school and in the summer. Hours before and after school will not be considered for the ELT option.
- All new applicants must include evidence in the application that demonstrates the school time expansion or significant progress toward school-hour expansion.
- Option 1 programs must focus on the components of 21st CCLC (reading, math, positive youth development and parental engagement).

Option 2: Out-of-school Time (OST) – elementary school students: Applicants choosing this option must provide comprehensive OST programming at a school/site during the school year to include before, after and summer for a selected population of students. Option 2 programs must focus on the components of 21st CCLC (reading, math, positive youth development and parental engagement).

Option 3: Out-of-school Time (OST) – middle and high school students: Applicants choosing this option must provide comprehensive OST programming at a school/site during the school year to include before, after and summer for a selected population of students. These programs must include a focus on college and career readiness and/or dropout prevention strategies, as well as additional supports and programming as required under the grant (reading, math, positive youth development and family engagement.)

Enrolled students are not expected to attend all program hours of OST; however, it is required that students will regularly and consistently attend the OST school year program an average of a minimum of 80-100 hours per school year. During the summer, students should attend at least 80 percent of the total program hours. Programs that serve elementary school students (K-5, K-6 or K-7/8) must operate 15 hours per week. Middle and high school programs are required to operate at least 12 hours per week. A program serving any elementary grade levels must operate a minimum of 15 hours per week.

In addition to academic support in reading and mathematics, 21st CCLC programs incorporate positive youth development activities. For a list of approved activities, see:

For a list of eligible expenses, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169957

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant award amount is $50,000. Applicants are permitted to request the necessary funds to operate their programs; however, the requested amounts should be appropriate and reasonable for the size and scope of the proposed activities. Applicants shall not request more than $200,000 per grant option for years 1-3. In year 4, applicants shall receive no more than $150,000 and year 5, no more than $100,000.

Term of Contract:

Programs will be funded on a five-year grant cycle. Funding allocations for years 4 and 5 will be decreased as programs begin to demonstrate sustainable funding and resource efforts.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

School districts, schools, community-based organizations, including faith-based organizations, institutions of higher education, city or county government agencies, for-profit corporations and other public or private entities are eligible for the 21st Century Learning Center grants.

Applications should demonstrate a commitment between two partners. The first being the applicant who, in turn, partners with a local education agency (LEA) or community-based organization. This grant requires an applicant to have one primary partner (i.e., if applicant is an LEA, your primary partner must be a community-based organization. If the applicant is a community-based organization, your primary partner must be an LEA).

Drop-in programs are not permissible in any funded 21st CCLC programs.

Each grant may support no more than three sites. In addition, applicants may submit no more than three applications in any combination of the three options.

For Ineligible Expenses, see:

Pre-Application Information:

The application opened Monday, February 4, 2019 and will close promptly at 5:00 PM EST, Friday, April 26, 2019.

This application is electronic only. Applications submitted via fax, email or postal mail will not be read. Applicants must have access to the CCIP, a secure electronic portal. Organizations applying for a 21st CCLC grant must have an EIN, a DUNS number, , and an Information Retrieval Number (IRN).

U.S. Department of Education Regulations:

Education Department General Administrative Regulations:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application portal:

For problems with the CCIP application, contact:

Shannon Teague, Assistant Director
(614) 466-2517

Nina Pace, 21st CCLC Financial Program Manager
(614) 387-0344

Charlotte Jones-Ward, 21st CCLC Education Program Specialist

Charmaine Davis-Bey, 21st CCLC Education Program Specialist
(614) 387-0460

Anna Chapman, Administrative Professional 2
(614) 466-0057

Ohio Department of Education

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USA: Ohio