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21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Information

Program Description

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC) program supports high-quality academic support, recreation, and youth development programs during after school hours and summers.

Grant awards are made for five consecutive years and are contingent upon satisfactory progress toward goals. A comprehensive end-of-year report, including data on student progress in core academic areas, is collected from each grantee annually. Please click here for more information regarding the report.

Who is Eligible to Apply

Any public or private entity proposing to serve a qualifying school.

  • A qualifying school is one which is eligible for Title I schoolwide programming AND:
  • Is in program improvement status per Title I designation, OR
  • Been determined by a local education agency (LEA) as in need of intervention and support to improve academic achievement and other outcomes, AND
  • Enrolls students who may be at risk for academic failure, dropping out of school, involvement in criminal or delinquent activities, or who lack strong positive role models.

Application Information and Materials

Grant Competition Information:

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is not accepting applications for 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grants at this time. The DPI anticipates hosting a competition for the next grant period and will release the application materials in November 2018, with a due date of February 22, 2019. When released, materials will be found on this website.

For more information regarding the 21st CCLC grant program and competition process, please consult the 21st CCLC Grant Guidelines, which will be available soon.

Supplemental Materials

To receive information on future grant competitions, as well as other information related to afterschool programs, email Alison Wineberg to join our listserve.

CLC Grant Writing Workshops

DPI will host three opportunities for potential applicants to learn more about the grant requirements and application procedures. Dates and locations for the workshops are:

December 4, 2018
Wausau, WI
Fairchild Inn & Suites by Marriott Wausau

December 5, 2018
Madison, WI
Sheraton Madison Hotel

December 7, 2018
Abbreviated Web-Based Workshop
Additional Information Coming Soon!

Needs Assessment Resources

DPI recently partnered with You for Youth (Y4Y) to provide a virtual training on conducting a comprehensive needs assessment to assist in the grant application process. You for Youth (Y4Y) is the free online professional learning and technical assistance portal for 21st CCLCs.

This session will help participants identify the key data sets necessary for a comprehensive review of student needs. Learners will discover the importance of drilling down to specific student needs and why that data is important when planning and designing intentional activities for their program. This session will introduce learners to the process of writing SMART goals, and will also highlight the various Y4Y tools that can be used to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment.

To access a recorded version of this event, please contact Tanya Morin.

Applicants may also want to reference the following needs assessment resources developed in partnership with the Wisconsin Afterschool Network.

Needs Assessment PowerPoint

Worksheet 1

Worksheet 2

Worksheet 3

For questions about this information, contact Alison Wineberg (608) 267-3751