Twenty-First Century Community Learning Centers

To create community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools.

The program is intended to help students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading
and math; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that should complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Program Accomplishments

Approximately 753,000 students attended 21st CCLC programs for 30 days or more during the 2006-07 school year.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Projects funded under this program must be for the purpose of meeting the needs of the residents of rural and inner city communities, through the creation or expansion of community learning centers.

This program is subject to non-supplanting requirements and must use a restricted indirect cost rate which is referenced under 34 CFR 76.564-76.569.

For assistance call the Office of Chief Financial Officer/Indirect Cost Group on (202) 708-7770.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State Departments of Education are eligible for funds under this program.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Residents of all ages within the communities served by the learning centers will benefit, with a focus on school-aged children.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or the official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

States must apply for funds either through a program-specific application or by including the program in a consolidated State plan authorized under Title IX of the ESEA. Contact the headquarters office listed below for more information.

Award Procedures



Deadlines will be announced in application notices published in the Federal Register. Contact the headquarters office listed below for application deadlines.


Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title IV, Part B.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The approval time is approximately two to four months.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Funds are allocated to States in proportion to each state's share of funds in the previous fiscal year under Part A of Title I of the ESEA, except that no state may receive less than 0.5 of 1 percent of the amount available to states.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards are made annually.

Post Assistance Requirements


Annual progress and financial reports as required by EDGAR.


In accordance with the EDGAR, Appendix to 34 CFR 80, State and local governments that receive financial assistance of $100,000 or more within the State's fiscal year shall have an audit made for that year. State and local governments that receive between $25,000 and $100,000 within the State's fiscal year shall have an audit made in accordance with the Appendix to Part 80, or in accordance with Federal laws and regulations governing the programs in which they participate.


As required by the provisions in EDGAR for direct grant programs. Records related to grant funds, compliance, and performance must be maintained for a period of five years after completion, subject to the exceptions listed in EDGAR 34 CFR 74.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $981,166,230; FY 08 $1,081,166,187; and FY 09 est $800,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

In 2008, the estimated range of awards is $286,421 - $131,999,576.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The regulations applicable to this program are in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations, 34 CFR 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 85, and 86.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Department of Education, OESE 21st-Century Community Learning Centers 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20202-6100. Contact: Peter Eldridge, E-mail: Telephone: (202) 260-2514.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The criteria for selecting proposals under this program include the extent of need for the project, quality of project design, management plan, project and evaluation plan, and adequacy of the resources. (See 34 CFR 75.210 for details.)

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