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Title IV, Part B: 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) (Tennessee)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Tennessee Department of Education


    The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program provides federal funding to establish or expand community learning centers. These centers provide students with opportunities for academic enrichment, youth development and family support during non-school hours or during periods when school is not in session. 21st Century Community Learning Centers provide a broad array of services, programs, and activities that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students. Such activities/programs may include:

    • Remedial Education
    • Academic Enrichment
    • Math and Science Activities
    • Arts and Music Activities
    • Limited English Proficient Classes
    • Tutoring and Mentoring Programs
    • Assistance to Truant, Suspended or Expelled Students
    • Recreational Activities
    • Technology Programs/Telecommunication
    • Expanded Library Hours
    • Parent Involvement/Family Literacy
    • Drug and Violence Prevention
    • Counseling Programs
    • Character Education
    • Entrepreneurial Education

    In addition, community learning centers may offer opportunities for literacy and related educational development to family members of participating students including school readiness activities for younger siblings of students being served.

    Absolute Priority: Grants can only be awarded to programs that primarily serve students who attend schools with a high concentration of low income students.

    Competitive Priority I (5 points) Competitive priority is given to applications that both propose to serve students who attend schools identified as a Priority School (pursuant to Section 1116 of Title I) and that are submitted jointly between at least one LEA receiving funds under Title I, Part A and at least one public or private community organization. To receive Priority Points, the proposal and the collaboration form should clearly describe the partnership between a community-based agency and a school/district as evidenced by:

    • Collaboration in the planning and design of the programming
    • Each partner has a significant role in the delivery of programming and
    • Each partner plays a role in the management of the program.

    Competitive Priority II (2 points) The department wants to serve as many students as possible in extended learning programs throughout the state. To expand the geographic distribution of programs, priority points will be awarded to applications that propose to serve students in the follow counties: Benton, Chester, Clay, Franklin, Hickman, Houston, and Meigs. These counties have traditionally not had 21st CCLC or LEAPs programs.

    Competitive Priority III (3 points) Competitive priority points will be awarded to applicants proposing to address youth mental health issues. The applicant should discuss the need for such services in the statement of need section. The applicant may choose to describe the types of activities that will be offered in the chronic absenteeism or family engagement performance goals sections.


    History of Funding

    The 21st CCLC Profile and Performance Information Collection System Database is available at

    Additional Information

    In an effort to ensure projects have a stronger connection to regular school-day programming, TN First to the Top initiatives and Common Core State Standards, proposals should address the following focus areas:

    • Increasing reading and math proficiency;
    • Strategies that will improve high school graduation rates and increase post-secondary access/success; and,
    • Providing intentional, hands-on approaches that increase students interest/engagement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming.
    Grant funds may not be used to support religious practices.


    Don Sims

    Don Sims
    710 James Robertson Parkway
    Nashville, TN 37243-0382
    (615) 741-5158

    Janell Wood

    Janell Wood
    710 James Robertson Parkway
    Nashville, TN 37243-0382

  • Eligibility Details

    Local educational agencies (LEAs), community-based and faith-based organizations, and other public or private organizations are eligible to apply for funding. Applicants other than an LEA must collaborate with the school(s) of the students to be served.

    Deadline Details

    Applications were to be submitted by March 29, 2019. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Competitive grants are awarded for five years provided the project is achieving the desired outcomes for the students being served. The minimum awarded amount is $50,000, with no maximum cap on project awards. Matching funds are not currently required. All awards are based on the availability of funding. Grantees not making significant progress towards performance goals may lose all or a portion of funding.

    The per student allocation varies depending upon whether or not transportation to and/or from the program site is provided. For applicants planning to provide transportation, the per student allocation is $1,500. If transportation will not be provided, the per student allocation is $1,350. 

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