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NCLB, Title IV Part B
2013-2018 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Application

Please Note: In light of Hurricane Sandy, the due date for 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Request for Proposals (RFP) has been extended to January 4, 2013.

RFP in PDF PDF icon (109KB) | RFP in Word Word document icon (190KB)

Application in PDF PDF icon (467KB) | Application in Word Word document icon (676KB)

Questions and Answers - Part I PDF icon (84KB)
Questions and Answers - Part II PDF icon (253KB)

Purpose of Funding

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program is authorized under Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 (www.p12.nysed.gov). Its purpose is to create or expand community learning centers that:
  1. provide opportunities for academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students, particularly students who attend low-performing schools, to meet State and local student academic achievement standards in core academic subjects such as reading and mathematics;
  2. offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities, such as youth development activities, drug and violence prevention programs, counseling programs, art, music, and recreation programs, technology education programs, and character education programs, that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students; and
  3. offer families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for literacy and related educational development.

Eligible Applicants

Any public or private organization who meets the eligibility requirements can apply for 21st CCLC funding. This includes public school districts, BOCES, charter schools, private schools, nonprofit agencies, city or county government agencies, faith-based organizations, institutions of higher education, and for-profit corporations. For this RFP, private schools and charter schools are considered to be local education agencies.

Grants will be awarded only to eligible applicants that propose to serve students who primarily attend:

  1. schools eligible for schoolwide programs under Title I, Section 1114 of the No Child Left Behind Act, and the families of these students, or
  2. schools with at least 40 percent of its students eligible for free or reduced priced lunch. (In New York City it is required that 40 percent of a school’s students be eligible for free lunch.); and the families of these students.


$82 million annually, subject to federal fund availability. Annual grants awards will range from a minimum of $50,000 to a maximum of $1,200,000. For profit agencies may apply for an annual grant award of up to a maximum of $400,000. Cost per student must not exceed an annual amount of $1,500.

Project Period

Grants will be for 5 years; July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2018, subject to availability of funds from the United States Department of Education and satisfactory performance of the grantee in the previous year.

Questions and Answers

Questions regarding this Request for Proposals (RFP) must be submitted by E-Mail to: 21CRFP@mail.nysed.gov by November 16, 2012 and should not include questions related to the electronic submission of applications through the ReviewRoom portal.

Questions and Answers - Part I PDF icon (84KB)
Questions and Answers - Part II PDF icon (253KB)

Questions regarding the electronic submission of the RFP through the ReviewRoom portal should not be sent to NYSED. Those questions should be directed to support@reviewroom.com.

Due Date and Submission

The due date for application submissions is January 4, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. Complete applications must be submitted electronically through the Review Room portal.

Instructions for submission through this portal are available at:

Date Posted

October 12, 2012

Last Updated: November 30, 2012