NJ 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Grants Available


December 15, 2006
TO:  Eligible Grant Applicants
FROM: Barbara Gantwerk, Acting Assistant Commissioner
  Division of Student Services

SUBJECT: 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Program

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) is pleased to announce the release of the Notice of Grant Opportunity (NGO) for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Program.  The purpose of the 21st CCLC Program is to supplement the education of children who attend low performing schools and live in high-poverty areas so that they may attain the skills necessary to meet New Jersey’s Core Curriculum Content Standards.  This purpose will be addressed through the community learning centers, which will offer expanded learning and enrichment opportunities to children and their families outside of the regular school hours (such as before school, after school, on weekends and during holidays and summer recess). 

The 21st CCLC Program is a limited competitive grant program open to all public or private agencies including:

  •  local education agencies (districts, charter schools,educational services commissions, jointure commissions and special services school districts),
  • non-profit organizations, city or county government agencies,
  •  faith-based organizations (including religious private schools),
  • institutions of higher education and for-profit agencies,

But limited to the agencies that will serve students in any grade level between 4th and 12th who primarily attend schools eligible to participate in Title I schoolwide programs or schools that serve a high percentage of students from low income families.

Under Title IV, Part B, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001, approximately $5.3 million is available to support the 21st CCLC Program.  It is anticipated that the initial grant award period will begin September 1, 2007 and end on August 31, 2008.  Awards will be made to approximately 10 applicants. Awards will be made annually for five years.  Grants will be a minimum of $75,000 and a maximum of $535,000 for the 12 month program year. 

The NGO is available on the NJDOE grant website, www.nj.gov/njded/grants/discretionary/ or by contacting the Office of Grants Management at (609) 777–1468.

Applications are due to the Application Control Center, New Jersey Department of Education by February 15, 2007

A technical assistance workshop will be held on January 4, 2007 in the auditorium of the NJ Forensic Science Technology Center at Hamilton from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Pre-registration is required by December 28, 2006.  Please register on-line at: http://education.state.nj.us/events .

The department is excited to be able to offer this opportunity to additional applicants and is looking forward to supporting high-quality comprehensive out-of-school time programs.  If you have any questions, please contact the program coordinator, Haydee Y. Perez-Livingston, in the Office of Program Support Services through e-mail at nj21stcclc@doe.state.nj.us .

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