21st Century Community Learning Centers

Beyond the school day support to help Ohio students succeed

MLK Day of Service Funding Available!

MLK Day of Service 2019 Project Grant Competition

ServeOhio, Ohio’s commission on service and volunteerism, in conjunction with its Stewards of Service Honda of America, AEP Foundation, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, is pleased to announce the availability of grants to support community service projects organized for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on January 21, 2019.


The intent is to support projects that create or improve community assets or infrastructure, such as parks, schools, senior centers, community gardens, and low-income homes. Project grants support local community engagement projects that improve economic opportunity such as promoting financial literacy. In addition to community infrastructure projects, MLK Day mini-grants must also incorporate an education component so projects create long-term, sustainable change on issues and on people. Projects should be collaborative in nature and involve a broad spectrum of community participants. Benefits must accrue to the community as a whole, not simply to the applicant organization and its constituents.


Grant awards will be in the range of $500 to $1,000. Depending on amounts requested, an estimated fifteen to twenty grants will be awarded.  There is no matching requirement for these grants.  Consistent with the approved project budget, funds may be used for:

  • Supplies/materials
  • Volunteer Support

Funds requested should be commensurate with the number of volunteers engaged; the higher the grant request, the higher number of volunteers that should be engaged in the project. Funds may not be used for staffing, travel costs, gift cards, awards, or grantee administration/overhead costs.  Supplies/materials may include small equipment (useful life of two years or more) up to $100 unit cost. Costs for volunteer support, including custom printed clothing items and food for volunteers, may not exceed 30% of total grant costs.   All awards will be paid by reimbursement upon submission of the project report and documentation of expenditures.


Application Process

Non-profit and public organizations in Ohio including, but not limited to, volunteer centers, school districts, community colleges, universities, and local governments are eligible to apply.  The application form must be completed, signed, and submitted by Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 5:00 PM.    

ServeOhio staff and board members will review applications. Reviewers will evaluate proposals based on:

  • Community need/project design
  • Use of broad-based community participation and collaboration
  • Number of volunteers engaged is commensurate with the funding request
  • Budgetary compliance (volunteer support costs may not exceed 30% of total grant costs)

Other factors that may be considered include geographic diversity of projects and whether an applicant has received funding for another project in the past year. Funding preference will be given to applicants that do not presently receive other grant funding from ServeOhio.  All applicants will be notified of funding decisions by Friday, December 14, 2018.   

Please refer questions regarding the MLK Day Project Grant Competition to Rebeccah Verhoff-Kiss, Outreach & Education Officer, at Rebeccah.Verhoff-Kiss@serveohio.gov.

CLICK HERE to download the MLK Day Grant Application.

Upcoming Y4Y Webinar: It’s Never Too Soon to Think About Sustainability

It’s Never Too Soon to Think About Sustainability

Thursday, December 06, 2018

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Eastern Time)

21st Century Community Learning Centers programs aren’t designed to operate indefinitely on federal funding, so you need a plan to sustain your program after the funding cycle ends. State coordinators, program directors and site coordinators are invited to join the U.S. Department of Education’s You for Youth (Y4Y) technical assistance team and guest Emanuel Betz.

This event will focus on the characteristics of sustainable programs and provide tips and tools for developing your program continuation plan. The value and services provided to your communities are incredibly important, so register now to make sure your program is around for the long haul!

Y4Y Presenters: Monique McDowell, Dave McConnell
Special Guest: Emanuel Betz, Vermont 21st CCLC State Coordinator

To register, please go to https://y4y.ed.gov/webinars/ for more information!

MORE 21st CCLC Program Shares – November 2018

Kudos to West After School Center, Inc. (Central Region) and Omega Community Development Corporation (Southwest Region) for the programmatic work they are doing within their schools and their impact!

Please see the 1st two highlights on our Program Shares pages for more information: https://21stcenturylearningcenters.wordpress.com/posts/.

If you have program highlights that you would like to share, please email Charmaine Davis-Bey directly at charmaine.davis@education.ohio.gov.

Many thanks to all of our 21st CCLC programs, for their tireless efforts and hard work – in supporting Ohio’s youth and their families!



21st CCLC Program Shares – November 2018

Kudos to Muskingum Valley ESC and Gallia-Vinton ESC (both of Southeast Region) for the work they are doing within their schools, and the impact they are having on their students and in their communities!

Please see the 1st two highlights on our Program Shares pages for more information: https://21stcenturylearningcenters.wordpress.com/posts/.

If you have program highlights that you would like to share, please email Charmaine Davis-Bey at charmaine.davis@education.ohio.gov by the 9th of every month:

Many thanks to our 21st CCLC programs, for their tireless efforts and hard work – in supporting Ohio’s youth and their families!



ANNOUNCEMENT: FY19 21st CCLC-Sponsored COSA Regional Trainings

Transaction TO Transformation: Engaging Families to Support Change

We invite all 21st CCLC grantees to attend the VERY FIRST 21st CCLC-sponsored COSA Regional Trainings. We look forward to seeing everyone!

Please note:

  •  The training is required for 1st year grantees and strongly recommended for returning grantees.
  • Your regional ODE 21st CCLC specialist will be present at the training to deliver important updates from ODE.
  • The training is free however, you must REGISTER. Click on one of the links below to register.
  • You have the option to purchase lunch at $10. $10 must be paid at the time of registration. Or you can plan to bring your lunch.
  • Registration will be cut off two (2) business days before the training.
  • Registrations will not be accepted after the cutoff.


21st CCLC – FY19 Timeline Updates

Greetings 21st CCLC Grantees:

The 21st CCLC FY19 Timeline has been updated to include information on this year’s COSA Regional Trainings.  If you plan to attend in your region, please following the registration link designated for that region (within the timeline):

FY19 Timeline – 11.8.18 Final

For future reference, you can also find the timeline on our Contact Us page:

21st CCLC – Contact Us




FINAL FY19 21st CCLC Mandatory Compliance Training Sessions – 11/8/18

In the past year, significant changes have been made to the ODE Compliance System, therefore, all Program Managers have been required to attend at least one of the offered training sessions.

If you are still in need, you must register in STARS to attend the final regional training (in Central Region) that will accommodate your schedule. Seats are limited per session – if you are closed out, you can still attend (if you bring a personal laptop). The AM and PM sessions are the same, therefore, you only need to attend one.  If you have any questions regarding the training, please contact:

11-8-18 Training