Superintendent’s Memo #027-16

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

February 12, 2016

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Request for Proposals (RFP) 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 by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).

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 work in meaningful collaboration to develop 21st Century Community Learning Centers. 

Technical assistance workshops are scheduled as outlined below.





Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center
24 S. Market Street
Staunton, VA 24401
March 1, 2016
8:30 a.m. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Wytheville Meeting Center
333 Community Blvd
Wytheville, VA 24382
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 8:30 a.m. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Founders Inn
5641 Indian River Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
March 14, 2016
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 26, 2016.

Applications for 21st CCLC competitive grant funds must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 8, 2016.  The application can be downloaded at:

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

                        Ms. Marsha Granderson, Education Specialist
                        Office of Program Administration and Accountability
                        Virginia Department of Education
                        James Monroe Building, 23rd Floor
                        101 North 14th Street
                        Richmond, Virginia  23219


mailed to:

                        Ms. Marsha Granderson, Education Specialist
                        Office of Program Administration and Accountability
                        Virginia Department of Education
                        P. O. Box 2120
                        Richmond, Virginia  23218-2120

Certain electronic documents, as specified in the application instructions, may be sent either on a compact disc (CD) or flash drive with the hard copy documents that require original signatures, or they can be e-mailed to

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



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