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After-School and Summer Programs

Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers

The Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program has been funding high quality after-school and summer learning programs since 1998. Poverty, opportunity gaps, and unmet academic need drive the program’s purpose. Vermont's 21st CCLC program supports students' learning and interests through diverse and engaging programming using multiple approaches and curricula. Programs are delivered through schools and community partnerships for grades K-12. Annually, approximately 11,000 youth and 5,500 regular attendees are served in 86 high needs communities across the state. Programs are expected to complement, but not duplicate the school day. Annual competitions are held to support this vision as funds are available.

21st CCLC Grant Competition

    The Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21C) Grant Application with an estimated annual available minimum of $3,000,000 is now open for the purpose of providing comprehensive high-quality afterschool and summer learning opportunities. Investments are for five years. Virtual applicant trainings for teams will be held on October 11 (Part 1) and November 9, 2023 (Part 2) from 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. E-Letters of Intent are due November 22, 2023. Applications are due February 2, 2024 in the GMS system. The online application will be live in GMS on September 29, 2023. A paper copy of the grant application is below. To get on the applicant mailing list and to register for trainings please complete a Competition Contact Form. You may also view the 21C quick eligibility checker

    For more information, contact Emanuel Betz, 21C State Coordinator, at or 802-881-4426.

    Previous Grant Competitions

    Recent 21st CCLC Guidance

    General Grantee Information & Requirements

    Financial Information

    Additional Resources



    Email Emanuel Betz, 21st CCLC State Coordinator, or call (802) 828-6977.