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21st CCLC RFA Update

The 2021 RFA application deadline has passed. While we are not accepting new applications at this time, we will continue to leave the RFA materials up until the review process has concluded and new subgrantees have been announced. Applicants will be notified of award decisions by Wednesday, June 30, 2021.


NEW 21st CCLC Request for Applications (RFA) for Cohort IX 

Applications are being accepted for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grant. This three-year grant allows eligible applicants 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. CDE will award approximately $5.75 million to centers across the state.

The term "community learning center" refers to an entity that:

  1. Assists students to meet the challenging State academic standards by providing the students with academic enrichment activities and a broad array of other activities during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session (before, after school, and or during summer recess) that:
    1. reinforce and complement the regular academic programs of the schools attended by the students served; and
    2. are targeted schools the students' academic needs and aligned with the instruction students receive during the school day; and
  2. Offers families of students served by such centers opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their children's education, including opportunities for literacy and related educational development.

Priority will be given to those programs serving students that attend high-poverty, low-performing schools.

Recorded Application Training Webinar

There will be a recorded application training webinar posted here on March 3, 2021 for interested applicants. The webinar and slides associated with the recorded webinar will be posted below.


RFA Office Hours

In an effort to ensure that all potential applicants have the same information and are provided consistent responses, one hour webinar "office hours" will be available starting March 5th to answer questions from applicants. Dates and times are located on the Office Hours webpage. "Office hour" discussions will be recorded and posted on the website. 

Intent to Apply

If interested in applying for this funding opportunity, please complete the Intent to Apply form by Wednesday, March 10, 2021, by 11:59 pm (this has been extended a week from the original date of March 3, 2021). Though strongly encouraged, the Intent to Apply is informational and is not a required component of the grant application submission process. Those who complete the intent to apply will receive updates on the grant.

Grant applications are now due Wednesday, May 12, 2021 by 11:59pm (extended from the original due date of April 14, 2021)

Note: The following version of the application is intended only as a reference document for instructions and grant application planning purposes. Applications for the 21st CCLC grant program must be submitted online via SurveyMonkey Apply. Submissions of application materials either in hard copy or e-mail will not be accepted.

NEW Announcement

If funding is available in addition to the annual 21st CCLC grant allocation for this competition, the additional funding will allow CDE to grant awards to applicants beyond the geographical distribution caps in the chart found on page four of the 2021 21st CCLC RFA. Click here for more information regarding this new announcement.



Program Overview - 21st CCLC Fact Sheet (PDF)

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) competitive grant program is authorized under Title IV, Part B, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015. The purpose of this important program is to to establish or expand community learning centers that:

  1. Provide opportunities for academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students (particularly students in high-poverty areas and those who attend low-performing schools) meet state and local student performance standards in core academic subjects such as reading, writing, and mathematics;
  2. Offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities, such as youth development activities, service learning, nutrition and health education, drug and violence prevention programs, counseling programs, arts, music, physical fitness and wellness programs, technology education programs, financial literacy programs, environmental literacy programs, mathematics, science, career and technical programs, internship or apprenticeship programs, and other ties to an in-demand industry sector or occupation for high school students 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 active and meaningful engagement in their children’s education, including opportunities for literacy and related educational development.


21st CCLC Important Dates for 2019-2020 (PDF)

21st CCLC Cohort VIII Subgrantees Awarded July 1, 2018

The new Cohort of 21st CCLC Subgrantees began on July 1, 2018. Cohort VIII represents 40 organizations (school districts, community based organizations, and institutions of higher education), serving 68 centers/schools. They represent a broad spectrum of various organizations, regions of Colorado, student populations, and urban/suburban/rural areas.

21st CCLC Funded Subgrantees

Currently Funded

Previously Funded 21st CCLC Cohorts I - VI (Sortable Excel)

Contact Us

Anna Young 21st CCLC State Coordinator | (303) 866-6488

Cody Buchanan - 21st CCLC Lead Consultant | (303) 866-6861

Delaney McGinn - 21st CCLC Program Assistant | (303) 866-6679