February 10, 2017

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: 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:

Applicants are encouraged to 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.

Location Date Registration Workshop
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel CharlottesvilleThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website
990 Hilton Heights Road
Charlottesville, VA, 22901
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 8:30 a.m. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel WilliamsburgThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website
50 Kingsmill Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Thursday, March 2, 2017 8:30 a.m. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Hotel Roanoke & Conference CenterThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website
110 Shenandoah Avenue
Roanoke, VA 24016
Monday, March 6, 2017 8:30 a.m. 9 a.m.-2 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 24, 2017.

Applications for 21st CCLC competitive grant funds must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 7, 2017. The application can be downloaded at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/federal_programs/esea/title4/part_b/index.shtml.

Required hard copy documents should be sent by overnight carrier or hand delivered to: 

Certain electronic documents, as specified in the application instructions, may be sent either on a compact disc or flash drive with the hard copy documents that require original signatures, or they can be emailed to 21stCCLC@doe.virginia.gov.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Ms. Granderson at Marsha.Granderson@doe.virginia.gov or (804) 786-1993.

SRS/MG/jf

Attachment:

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