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Title IV, Part B: 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) (SC)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    South Carolina Department of Education


    The purpose of the Title IV, Part B: 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program is to provide opportunities for communities to establish or expand activities in community learning centers that:

    • Provide opportunities for academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students, particularly students who attend low-performing schools, to meet the challenging state academic standards;
    • 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
    • Offer families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their childrens education, including opportunities for literacy and related educational development.

    The SCDE has established three competitive priorities for the 201819 funding cycle:

    • Priority 1: South Carolina Priority Schools (5 points): Five bonus points will be awarded to applications that propose to serve students who attend one of the SC priority schools;
    • Priority 2: ESSA Targeted Services Priority (5 points): Five bonus points will be awarded to applications that:  
    • Priority 3: Expanding Services Priority (5 points): Five bonus points will be awarded to applications that demonstrate that the activities proposed are not accessible to students who would be served or would expand accessibility to high-quality services that may be available in the community.
    • Priority 4: 15 Hours per Week Operations (5 points): Five bonus points will be awarded to applications that propose a program that will operate a minimum of 15 hours per week, Monday through Friday.
    • Priority 5: Increasing Geographic Equity (10 Points): Ten bonus points will be awarded to applications that propose to serve an eligible school or schools in a South Carolina public school district/LEA that is not being served with a 21st CCLC subgrant in 201920

    Funds must be used to raise student achievement through activities that take place primarily after school but also before school, during intersession, on the weekend, and/or during the summer. The following activities are allowable:

    • Academic enrichment learning programs, mentoring programs, remedial education activities, and tutoring services, that are aligned with:
    • The challenging state academic standards and any local academic standards; and
    • Local curricula that are designed to improve student academic achievement;
    • Well-rounded education activities, including such activities that enable students to be eligible for credit recovery or attainment;
    • Literacy education programs, including financial literacy programs and environmental literacy programs;
    • Programs that support a healthy and active lifestyle, including nutritional education and regular, structured physical activity programs;
    • Services for individuals with disabilities;
    • Programs that provide after-school activities for students who are English learners that emphasize language skills and academic achievement;
    • Cultural programs;
    • Telecommunications and technology education programs;
    • Expanded library service hours;
    • Parenting skills programs that promote parental involvement and family literacy;
    • Programs that provide assistance to students who have been truant, suspended, or expelled to allow the students to improve their academic achievement;
    • Drug and violence prevention programs and counseling programs;
    • Programs that build skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), including computer science, and that foster innovation in learning by supporting nontraditional STEM education teaching methods; and
    • Programs that partner with in-demand fields of the local workforce or build career competencies and career readiness and ensure that local workforce and career readiness skills are aligned with the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (20 U.S.C. 2301 et seq.) and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (29 U.S.C. 3101 et seq.).

    A proposed 21st CCLC must serve:

    • students who attend schools that receive, or are eligible to receive, Title I school-wide assistance and where at least 40 percent of the student population is eligible to receive free or reduced-price lunch; and
    • adult family members of participating students with literacy and other educational services.

    A proposed 21st CCLC is required to operate in a manner that maximizes the programs impact on the academic performance of participating students. Applicants must propose academic instruction and enrichment activities to help students meet and exceed state and local standards in core content areas such as reading, mathematics, and science.

    Proposed 21st CCLCs services are to be provided outside the regular school day or during periods when school is not in session (i.e., before-school, after-school, evenings, weekends, holidays, or summer). A proposed program may offer services to students during normal school hours on days when school is not in session (i.e., school holidays or teacher professional development days). Activities targeting pre-kindergarten children and adult family members may take place during regular school hours, as these times may be the most suitable for serving these populations. Services and benefits provided to private school students must be secular, neutral, and non-ideological. If services are to be provided in a location other than a public school, the location must be at least as available, safe, conducive to learning, and accessible as a public school. SCDE staff may visit and tour locations that are not public schools prior to finalizing an award.


    History of Funding

    Approximately $7,000,000 was available in total funding for FY19.

    Additional Information

    Funds must not be used to:
    • Support activities that occur during the normal school hours unless such activities target pre-kindergarten students or adult family members of participating students;
    • Acquire equipment and supplies totaling more than $5,000 per unit;
    • Cover costs associated with any food purchases including snacks unless they are a part of an approved cooking class or cooking demonstration or a staff professional development activity;
    • Cover costs associated with field trips or other activities whose sole or primary purpose is entertainment (amusement parks, skating rinks, etc.);
    • Provide gift cards, gift certificates, or other monetary incentives for students;
    • Provide incentives for staff (bonuses, awards, luncheons, etc.);
    • Provide or support religious activities;
    • Cover costs associated with any marketing activities;
    • Cover costs associated with any type of grant writing or fundraising activities;
    • Pass-through to another agency or entity to operate the 21st CCLC program;
    • Purchase buses or any vehicles; or
    • Purchase, construct, or renovate a building.


    Joyce Patterson

    Joyce Patterson
    1429 Senate Street
    Columbia, SC 29201
    (803) 734-8291

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants include:

    • Single public school districts;
    • Individual public schools, private schools, or charter schools; community-based organizations;
    • Faith-based organizations;
    • Indian tribe or tribal organization (as such terms are defined in Section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Act (25 U.S.C. 450b));
    • Another public or private entity; or
    • A consortium of two or more such agencies, organizations, or entities.

    All applicants must meet the criteria associated with either a joint applicant or a consortium to be considered for funding.

    Deadline Details

    The deadline to submit applications is May 20, 2020. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Approximately $4,600,000 is available in total funding for up to 20 awards. Award amounts will be determined based on the type of applicant and the number of students to be served. Awards will be at least $50,000 each. The maximum subgrant funding period is four years (August 1, 2020, through July 31, 2024).

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