Juneau Announces Funds Available for 21st Century Community Learning Centers


Thursday, February 20, 2014
By Allyson Hagen
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Juneau Announces Funds Available for 21st Century Community Learning Centers

HELENA - Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau is seeking applicants for the 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) program, which provides federal funds to support high-quality programs for academic and enrichment activities for students when school is not in session. Approximately 76 community sites and 134 centers serving more than 16,000 students across Montana currently benefit from Community Learning Center programs, up from 9,000 students in 2004.

“The centers help young people develop skills for living and working in today’s economy such as working productively in teams, assuming personal responsibility, problem solving, communication with others and making healthy life choices,” said Juneau. “These are the kind of skills that will help keep students on track for high school graduation as well as prepare them to excel in life after high school.”

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program is a competitive grant program open to all public and private schools and community-based organizations who serve a high percentage of students from low-income families. Grant awards are restricted to projects that primarily serve students attending schools with 40 percent or more of the student population eligible for free and reduced-price meals. In 2013, the OPI granted more than $1.3 million to 23 programs. Grants range from $50,000 with a maximum grant award of $200,000. The grants are for five years.

The application deadline is April 14, 2014. For more information visit the 21st CCLC web page: http://www.opi.mt.gov/Programs/TitlePrgms/SafeSchools/21Century/index.html.

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