Superintendent's Memo #065-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

March 13, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Request for Proposals (RFP) for 21st Century Community Learning Centers Competitive Grant Program

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce the availability of 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grant funds to be awarded to school divisions and eligible organizations to support the implementation of community learning centers that will assist student learning and development. Funding for this program is provided through the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Title IV, Part B.

The Department will fund projects that provide significantly expanded learning opportunities for children and youth, and that will assist students in meeting or exceeding state and local standards in core academic subjects. Applicants eligible to submit a proposal for this competition are school divisions, nonprofit agencies, city or county government agencies, faith-based organizations, institutions of higher education, and for-profit corporations.

Priority points will be given to those applicants that:

Applicants are encouraged to consult extensively with parents, community organizations, businesses, arts and cultural organizations, and other youth development agencies and work in meaningful collaboration to develop 21st Century Community Learning Centers.

Technical assistance workshops are scheduled for Thursday, April 2, 2009, in Richmond, Virginia, and Friday, April 3, 2009, in Christiansburg, Virginia. Registration information with locations is included in the attachment.

Applications for 21st CCLC grant funds must be postmarked by May 4, 2009, or hand delivered no later than May 4, 2009, by 4 p.m. The 21st CCLC program is a competitive grant program, and the application can be downloaded at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/federal_programs/esea/title4/part_b/index.shtml.

Applications should be mailed to:

Duane C. Sergent, Education Specialist
Office of Program Administration and Accountability
Virginia Department of Education
P. O. Box 2120
Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120

or

Applications may be hand delivered to:

Duane C. Sergent, Education Specialist
Office of Program Administration and Accountability
Virginia Department of Education
James Monroe Building, 23rd Floor
101 North 14th Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Mr. Sergent via e-mail at Duane.Sergent@doe.virginia.gov or telephone at (804) 371-2929.

PIW / DCS / dcs

Attachment

a. Regional Technical Assistance Workshops Registration Form (Word)