Superintendent's Memo #078-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

March 18, 2011

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 under Title IV, Part B, of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).

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 meet any or all of the following criteria:

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 Wednesday, April 13, 2011, in Richmond, Virginia, and Thursday, April 14, 2011, in Christiansburg, Virginia.  Registration information with locations is included in the attachment.  School divisions and eligible organizations interested in attending one of the workshops should submit a registration form by Wednesday, April 6, 2011, using the directions on the attachment.

Applications for 21st CCLC grant funds must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2011.  The 21st CCLC program is a competitive grant program, and the application can be downloaded at:

Required hard copy documents should be mailed to:

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


Hand-delivered to:

                        Mr. 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

Electronic application documents may be sent either on a compact disc (CD) or flash drive, with the hard copy documents, or they may be e-mailed to

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Mr. Sergent at or (804) 371-2929.



  1. Regional Technical Assistance Workshop Registration Form (Word)