TEA Competitive Grant Opportunity Published

Texas Education Agency
by Shawn Petty | Mar 02, 2018

TEA is announcing the availability of grant funds for the 2018­–2019 Texas 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Cycle 10, Year 1 grant program. Request for Application (RFA) #701-18-111 is authorized by Public Law 114-95, Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by Every Student Succeeds Act, Title IV, Part B (20 U.S.C. 7171-7176). The RFA is available on the TEA Grant Opportunities Page.


Local educational agencies (LEAs), including independent school districts (ISDs) and open-enrollment charter schools; regional education service centers (ESCs); community-based organizations (CBOs); Indian tribe or tribal organization; other public or private entities; a consortium of two or more eligible organizations. 

Grant Period

  • August 1, 2018, through July 31, 2019.
  • This grant is expected to have up to 2 years of continuation funding subject to future appropriations by the U.S. Congress.


  • A total of approximately $45,000,000 is available for this grant program.
  • It is anticipated that approximately 30 grants will be awarded
  • Grant awards are expected to range from $50,000 to $1,500,000.


The 21st CCLC program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children. A community learning center must assist students to meet the challenging state academic standards by providing students with academic enrichment activities and a broad array of other activities programs and activities during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session (such as before and after school or during summer recess). Such centers also must offer families of students served by such center opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their children’s education, including opportunities for literacy and related educational development. 

Application Deadline

Applications must be received by the Texas Education Agency by 5:00 p.m. (Central Time), May 1, 2018, to be considered for funding.