21st Century Community Learning Centers

The 2016 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grant application information is now available.

NEW THIS YEAR!! All applicants must first submit a “Notice of Intent to Apply” by January 15, 2016. By late January applicants will receive the information they will need to access the online application. The completed application is due March 2, 2016. The Online Guidelines will give applicants a general idea of expectations for the application.

2016 21st CCLC Grant Application
Notice of Intent to Apply Online Guidelines
2016 Application

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program is to establish or expand community learning centers that provide students with academic enrichment opportunities along with activities designed to complement the students’ regular academic program.

Centers provide a range of high-quality services to support student learning and development, including tutoring and mentoring, homework help, academic enrichment (such as hands-on science or technology programs), and community service opportunities, as well as music, arts, sports and cultural activities.

Centers must provide academic enrichment activities to students that attend high-poverty or Title 1 school-wide schools to help them meet state and local standards in core subjects especially reading, and mathematics. At the same time, centers help working parents by providing a safe environment for students when school is not in session.


Eligible applicants are those who primarily serve students and the families of the students of high poverty schools. 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program must be located in public school facilities or in facilities that are at least as available and accessible to the students to be served as if the program were located in a public elementary, middle, or secondary school. Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the statutory program requirements of serving students from schools eligible for school-wide Title I programs or schools with 40% or greater poverty based upon free and reduced lunch as determined using verified information.

2016 21st CCLC Reviewer Application
Reviewer Application Reviewer Rubric

The state will use a peer review process to evaluate and score applications for 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants. Therefore, we are seeking qualified individuals with diverse expertise, geographic location, gender, racial and ethnic representation to participate as evaluators in the peer review process for the 21st CCLC grants. Examples of individuals sought include (but are not limited to): experts in extended learning and out-of-school time practices, teachers, principals, youth development experts and practitioners, community and youth service providers, representatives of faith-based organizations, private-sector individuals involved in education, local and civic leaders, representatives from foundations and other charitable organizations, and college and university staff. At this time we are only accepting applicants that are South Dakota residents.

Documents & Useful Links
2014-2015 21st CCLC Program Evaluation
2014-2015 Executive Summary
Current 21st Century Community Learning Center Grantees
2015-16 Fiscal presentation
PPICS Report
Professional Development Opportunities
Newsletter Archive


Contact Sue Burgard at 605-773-5238, or Jill Cotton at 605-295-3876 with any questions regarding the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant or application process.