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 21st Century Community Learning Centers

The purpose of Georgia’s Title IV, Part B, 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program is to provide federal funds for communities to establish or expand activities in community learning centers that operate during out-of-school hours and serve three specific purposes:
  • To provide opportunities for academic enrichment and tutorial services to help students
  • To offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program; and
  • To offer families of 21st CCLC students opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their children's education.


The 21st CCLC program is authorized under Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as amended by Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The purpose of the program is to provide opportunities for academic enrichment activities during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session, such as before and after school or during summer recess. 21st CCLC programs offer students a broad array of additional services, programs and activities that are designed to complement the regular academic program such as youth development activities, counseling programs, arts, music, physical fitness and wellness programs, financial literacy programs, environmental literacy programs, career and technical programs.  21st CCLC programs also offer families opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their child’s education, including opportunities for literacy and related educational development. 

The Georgia Department of Education awards 21st CCLC funding through a competitive grant application process that is made available by a Request for Proposal (RFP). Any public or private organization is eligible to apply for a 21st CCLC sub-grant. Examples of agencies and organizations eligible under the 21st CCLC program include, but are not limited to: Local Educational Agencies (LEAs), charter schools, non-profit agencies, city or county government agencies, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, institutes of higher education, for-profit corporations and Indian tribe or tribal organizations. Federal legislation allows States to award grants for not less than 3 years and not more than 5 years. States can determine the appropriate length of the grant period with the statutory parameters, and Georgia currently funds programs for a period of 5 years contingent upon the availability of future funding and evidence of progress.​

​Prescreened List of External Organizations 

In accordance with Title IV, Part B, 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) is required to provide a list of prescreened external organizations, as described under section 4203(a)(11).  Therefore, the GaDOE is providing an opportunity for interested non-profit organizations in Georgia to submit an external organization profile. 

According to federal ESSA legislation, the term “external organization” is defined as: ‘‘(A) a nonprofit organization with a record of success in running or working with before and after school (or summer recess) programs and activities; or (B) in the case of a community where there is no such organization, a nonprofit organization in the community that enters into a written agreement or partnership with an organization described in subparagraph (A) to receive mentoring and guidance in running or working with before and after school (or summer recess) programs and activities.”  

For organizations interested in submitting an external organization profile, the organization must meet the minimum record of operation identified below:

  • Operate a nonprofit organization located in the state of Georgia; and
  • Have a minimum of five years experience operating or delivering services to out-of-school time (OST) programs or activities:

If your organization meets the record of operation and is presently in good standing with the State of Georgia, you may submit an external organization profile to the GaDOE for review by April 30, 2018. To complete the external organization profile form, please click on the following link – External Organization Profile Form​.

Interested Applicants

The Georgia Department of Education 21st CCLC program will not be conducting a grant competition this year to award 21st CCLC funds for programs that would be starting in FY19. There will not be a FY19 Request For Proposals (RFP) to award new sub-grantees as the 21st CCLC program will be fully funded with the current 21st CCLC cohorts. Currently, the GaDOE is administering 21st CCLC grants to three cohorts of sub-grantees. The GaDOE​ awards funding on a five year cycle and none of the current cohorts are scheduled to complete their grant cycle this year. If you are interested in receiving email announcements regarding future RFP opportunities, please send an email to To learn more about the RFP process and requirements, please view the 21st CCLC FY18 RFP here. ​


 Contact Information

Nathan Schult
Program Manager, 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Office: 404-232-1197
Cell: 404-326-3107

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