21st Century Community Learning Centers

The 2015 21st CCLC competition is now closed. Check back in January 2016 for new application information.

2015 21st CCLC Grant Application
Applications Instructions Grant Application
Reviewer Document

The state will use a peer review process to evaluate and score applications for 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants. Therefore, we are seeking qualified individuals with diverse expertise, geographic location, gender, racial and ethnic representation to participate as evaluators in the peer review process for the 21st CCLC grants. Examples of individuals sought include (but are not limited to): experts in extended learning and out-of-school time practices, teachers, principals, youth development experts and practitioners, community and youth service providers, representatives of faith-based organizations, private-sector individuals involved in education, local and civic leaders, representatives from foundations and other charitable organizations, and college and university staff. The application and rubric for the scoring process are below.

2015 21st CCLC Reviewer Application
Reviewer Application Reviewer Rubric

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program is to establish or expand community learning centers that provide students with academic enrichment opportunities along with activities designed to complement the students’ regular academic program.

Centers provide a range of high-quality services to support student learning and development, including tutoring and mentoring, homework help, academic enrichment (such as hands-on science or technology programs), and community service opportunities, as well as music, arts, sports and cultural activities.

Centers must provide academic enrichment activities to students that attend high-poverty or Title 1 school-wide schools to help them meet state and local standards in core subjects especially reading, and mathematics. At the same time, centers help working parents by providing a safe environment for students when school is not in session.


Eligible applicants are those who primarily serve students and the families of the students of high poverty schools. 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program must be located in public school facilities or in facilities that are at least as available and accessible to the students to be served as if the program were located in a public elementary, middle, or secondary school. Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the statutory program requirements of serving students from schools eligible for school-wide Title I programs or schools with 40% or greater poverty based upon free and reduced lunch as determined using verified information.

Documents & Useful Links
2014-2015 21st CCLC Program Evaluation
Current 21st Century Community Learning Center Grantees
2015-16 Fiscal presentation
PPICS Report
Professional Development Opportunities
Newsletter Archive


Contact Sue Burgard at 605-773-5238, or Jill Cotton at 605-773-4693 with any questions regarding the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant or application process.