The funding is available through the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program, which is designed to provide academic enrichment opportunities, art, music, recreation, sports, drug and violence prevention and youth development activities to students during non-school hours. The State Department of Education currently funds 93 afterschool centers throughout Idaho, which serve a total of 6,128 Idaho youth daily.
“Afterschool programs funded through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program in Idaho have a long history of supporting the academic success of students outside of the school day,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna said. “These programs are ideal settings to help better prepare students for the new, more rigorous Idaho Core Standards and give them the support and guidance they need to graduate from high school prepared for postsecondary education and the workforce.”
School districts, municipalities, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations and private corporations are eligible for these grants. Successful applicants will receive funding for up to five years.
Those considering applying for funding are strongly encouraged to attend a Bidder’s Workshop. The following workshops are open to any interested party:
- Monday, November 4: Moscow, Best Western Plus, 1516 Pullman Road
- Thursday, November 14: Twin Falls, Canyon Ridge High School, 300 N College Road, Room 301
- Friday, November 15: Idaho Falls, Compass Academy Facility, 955 Garfield Street
- Tuesday, November 19: New Plymouth High School Library, 207 S Plymouth Avenue
- Wednesday, November 20: Boise, Dennis Technical Education Center, 8201 W Victory Road
If you need more information please contact Camille McCashland, Program Specialist, at (208) 332-6960.