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.

FY2​0 Request for Proposal

​​​​​The Georgia Department of Education's 21st CCLC is pleased to announce the release of the FY20 RFP. This competition is seeking to fund applicants who will operate 21st CCLC programs beginning in 2019-2020 school year. To view the application, submit your intent to apply, register for the RFP training and apply online, please visit the 21st CCLC FY20 RFP website. Applicants are encouraged to apply online, however you may also view the RFP by clicking the link on the right side of this page to view the paper submission requirements and supplemental forms. 

In association with the release, the GaDOE will offer an informational webinar on September 14th at 2:00 p.m. to provide interested applicants with an overview of the RFP process and requirements. To register for the webinar, please click here.

GaDOE 21st CCLC staff will host in-person trainings on September 17th, September 18th and September 21st at four locations throughout the state. If you plan to attend, registration is required and may be submitted online or via email. All trainings, whether in-person or online, are completely optional. To register for a workshop, please click here to register online or download the registration form.​​

​All proposal applications must be received by January 30, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Applications postmarked or date stamped after this deadline will not be accepted.​​


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.​