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Notice 03/29/18: The submission window for the 2018 Colorado 21st CCLC Request for Applications is now closed. Review committees will be working in April to score applications. Awards are anticipated to be announced by mid-May 2018. The amount awarded is expected to be $9.3 million with approximately 62 new centers funded.

21st CCLC Request for Applications - Cohort VIII

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 $9.3 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 (such as before and after school or during summer recess) that:
        a)  Reinforce and complement the regular academic programs of the schools attended by the students served; and
        b)  Are targeted to the students’ academic needs and aligned with the instruction students receive during the school day;
  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.

Technical Assistance Webinar

There was an hour-long technical assistance webinar for interested applicants at 11:30 am, on Monday, February 12.

Please access the slides from the webinar.

You may access the recorded webinar.

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 this week to answer questions from applicants.  Dates and times are located on the Office Hours webpage.  “Office hour” discussions will be recorded and posted to the website.  

Application Writing Training

Join the CDE for an in-depth training session to learn how to plan and write a competitive application for the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grant. Topics to be covered include CDE's competitive process, exploration of grant components and requirements, and general tips for planning and writing your proposal.

When: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 10 am-3 pm

Where: Lowry Conference Center 

RSVP: By Friday, March 2, 2018 via Eventbrite: 

*The training will be available via live webstream for those unable to attend in person and would still like to participate. Follow the access instructions below on 3/6:

Time: 10 am-3pm


Phone: 1-877-233-9952

Grant applications are due Wednesday, March 28, 2018.


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 2018-2019 (PDF)

21st CCLC Funded Subgrantees

Currently Funded21st CCLC Cohort VII with Program Contact Information (PDF)

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

Contact Us

Dana Scott - 21st CCLC State Coordinator | (303) 866-6791

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

Mandy Christensen - 21st CCLC Lead Consultant | (303) 866-6488

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


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