New round of 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants available for 2009-10 school year

January 26, 2009

COLUMBIA, SC – January 26, 2009 – New federal money is available for eligible South Carolina schools and organizations who want to sponsor afterschool programs.

As part of the No Child Left Behind Act, South Carolina will award approximately $7.5 million in 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants for the 2009-10 school year, contingent upon funding allocations.

Grants may be used to provide academic enrichment opportunities, enrichment activities and family literacy services to students of mostly high-poverty and low-performing schools. In South Carolina, 21st Century grants now fund 101 programs at approximately 182 sites serving nearly 15,000 students.

Grant funds are available for eligible school districts/schools, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, non-profits, for-profits, institutions of higher education and city or county government agencies. Applications must include a partnership between a school district/school and at least one other public or private organization as noted above.

Applications can be downloaded at the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program web page.  A notice of intent is due by February 20,
2009 and all applications are due on or before Friday, April 17, 2009 at 5 p.m.

The South Carolina Department of Education will offer three mandatory regional technical assistance workshops for persons or organizations interested in applying for these grants:

 – February 3, 2009 – Brookland Banquet and Conference Center 

           1054 Sunset Blvd. West Columbia, SC 29169      
 – February 4, 2009 – Greenville Technical College-Technical Resource Center Auditorium
                                      90506 South Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville, SC 29607

 – February 5, 2009 – Charleston County Public Library
                                      68 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

An authorized representative or collaborating partner of any prospective applicant must attend at least one of these technical assistance workshops to be eligible to apply for the grant. Workshops are free and will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Participants must register for the workshops online.   Questions about the grant training should be directed to Alisa Lindsay Jones at 803-734-8369 or [email protected].