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Any public or private organization is eligible to apply for a 21st CCLC grant. Agencies and organizations eligible under the 21st CCLC grant program include, but are not limited to local education agencies (LEAs), non-profit agencies, city or county government agencies, faith-based organizations, institutions of higher education, and for-profit corporations.


The 21st CCLC program is authorized under Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The program provides before and after-school, weekend, and summer school academic enrichment opportunities for children attending low-performing schools to help them meet local and state academic standards in subjects such as reading, mathematics, and science. In addition, programs may provide activities for youth development, drug and violence prevention, art, music, technology, character education, counseling, and recreation to enhance the program's academic components. The program also supports a component for family literacy and community outreach.

NEW!! 21st CCLC Fiscal and Program Guidance Updated April 2018
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21st CCLC under the ESSA
Section 4204(a) of the ESSA defines Expanded Learning Program (ELP) activities as enrichment and engaging academic activities that are included as part of a program that provides students at least 300 additional program hours before, during, or after the traditional school day and supplements, but does not supplant regular school day requirements. States receiving 21st CCLC funds may, but are not required, to support ELP activities. At this time, the North Carolina 21st CCLC program does not include ELP activities as defined under the ESSA in the competitive grant program.

Section 4204(j) of the ESSA notes that a state may, but is not required, to renew a subgrant provided under this part to an eligible entity, based on the eligible entity’s performance during the preceding subgrant period. While North Carolina does consider subgrant performance during the preceding year as a part of the Continuation award during the three-year award period, North Carolina does not currently offer renewability as allowed under the ESSA.