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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 currently accepting applications for the 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grant program. 

For more information regarding the 21st CCLC grant program, competition process, and application guidance, please consult the 21st CCLC Grant Program Application Guidelines for 2019-2020.

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 hosted three workshops for potential applicants to learn more about the grant requirements and application procedures on December 7. A recorded version of the webinar is available upon request. Please contact Teri LeSage (, Tanya Morin (, or Alison Wineberg ( to receive a link via email. A copy of the slides used in the presentation is available for your review.

Needs Assessment Resources

DPI partnered with Dr. Jenell Holstead, of University of Wisconsin Green Bay, to provide a web-based training on conducting a needs assessment for the purpose of applying for 21st Century Community Learning Center grants. The recorded training can be viewed by visiting Dr. Holstead developed a worksheet that is referenced in the training, and the presentation slides are made available for your use as well.

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