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21st Century Community Learning Centers

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The Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Grants are awarded through a competitive process to local and intermediate school districts, universities, and other public or private community-based agencies, organizations, and programs, including faith-based organizations. These grant programs provide comprehensive community learning center services. Currently, there are 68 grants with 259 sites in 20 counties.  Each site serves one or more schools. Grants are targeted at high-priority and low-income schools. Students must be offered after-school and summer programming for a minimum of four days a week, two and a half hours a day, for 32 weeks per school-year during out-of-school time, and six weeks in the summer. More than 320,000 students have been served since the inception of the program in 2001.


2022-2023 Out-of-School Time Grant Information

On July 20, P.A. 144 of 2022, Section 32n was signed into law with $24,500,000 budgeted to provide before-school, after-school, before-and-after-school or during the summer in-person programming to serve children in any of grades K to 12. The new legislation defines the eligible applicants, the type of programming, and the priorities that the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) must use in a competitive grant process to award the funds across the state.

To be eligible for a grant under this legislation, the applicant must meet, at a minimum, all of the following criteria:

  • Be a tax-exempt community-based organization, an institution of higher education, a community or adult education program, a public library, a local government, or an intermediate district.
  • These programs must be used to support expanded learning opportunities, such as mentoring, leadership, community engagement, agriculture, art, music, literacy, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health, and recreation programming.
  • Provide educational programming in core subject areas, including, but not limited to, mathematics, reading, and science.

The process MDE will use to award these grants must be posted publicly at least 30 days prior to the grant application period.

Additional information and requirements, including the Intent to Apply, can be found in the grant information document.

What You Need to Know Before you Apply

Additional Grant Application Information (coming soon)

Notice of Intent to Apply

It is strongly suggested that potential applicants participate in the application information webinar on August 31, 2022, from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. to determine if your organization qualifies for the grant program and to better understand all aspects of the process. To attend, register for the webinar.

Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC Competition

Michigan 2022-2023 (Cohort M) competition deadline was April 5, 2022 at noon. Applicants will be notified of their status by late May.
The next funding opportunity will be in early 2023. Please check this page for more detailed information regarding the competition in January of 2023. 

21st CCLC Information  

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Contact Information

General Inquiries
Andrew Pastoor, Consultant
Stacy Ann Sipes, Specialist
Lorraine Thoreson, Manager