Applications Open for 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grants

OKLAHOMA CITY (June 15, 2017) – The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) is seeking applicants from schools and community organizations for 2017-2018 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grants. 
21st CCLC programs provide expanded learning opportunities during out-of-school time for students who attend high-poverty, low-performing schools. Through partnerships between local schools and community organizations, these programs offer enrichment activities that complement school day learning and help students meet state and local achievement standards. Among the opportunities, the program offers are literacy training and related educational development for families of students served by the community learning centers. 
The following three programs were funded with 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants and are representative of the diverse ways local school districts are able to use 21st CCLC funds to engage students. In 2016-17, 11 new grants were awarded, bringing the total to 59 grantees across Oklahoma that serve 13,000 students. 
  • The University of Tulsa provides reading partners, a debate league, home visits and a supper program for students attending Kendall Whittier Elementary.
  • In Madill, students and families participate in Book Tasting evenings, sampling books from the library and sharing a meal together. Every student goes home with a free book.
  • In Miami, students are learning about careers and community partners as they tour V8 Choppers, a small business with international reach. The owners share with students the need for good character in business, why it is important to fail and rise again and the importance of demonstrating collaboration, communication, and a strong work ethic. 
“Without the 21st Century Program our students would suffer,” said Rick Peters, Superintendent of Caney Valley Schools, a district that has received two 21st Century CCLC grants. The two years between grants were difficult. 
“Without grant money, our after school program was held together by a shoestring,” said Peters. “We had generous community donors, but in order for our program to succeed and truly be a place of learning for students, we greatly depend on the grant. We are a rural community serving four small towns, and most of our parents work out of town. Without this funding, many of our students would be going home to an empty house.”
Community-based and other non-school organizations are encouraged to apply for 21st CCLC grants. A partnership with a local school district is required for eligibility. Local Education Agency (LEA) applicants must demonstrate partnerships with community-based organizations.
All applications must be completed and submitted online.
To learn more about this grant opportunity and how to apply, visit the 21st CCLC page on the OSDE website at
A required Letter of Intent to Apply must be submitted by 3 p.m., Tuesday, June 20. The online Application Submission Deadline is 3 p.m., Wednesday, July 19.
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Last updated on June 15, 2017