On Tuesday, The Montana Office of Public Instruction announced that the 21st Century Community Learning Center federal grants were recently reauthorized. OPI Spokesman Dylan Klapmeier explains what these funds are used for.

“The purpose of these grant funds is to engage students in after school and outside of school programs, to keep them focused on their education, as well as skill development,” said Klapmeier. “This is a child approach to making sure students have opportunities outside of school to succeed.”

According to Klapmeier, the OPI is seeking applications for organizations to become sponsors for some of these programs.

“Organizations can receive some of these sub-grants in order to facilitate these after school programs,” Klapmeier said. “It is open to any nonprofit, public or private school district, or faith-based organizations to apply for these sub-grants and institute a program in their community.”

On Tuesday, January 30th, Klapmeier says the OPI will host a webinar to provide interested participants with information regarding the application process.

The information to access the event is:
Montana 21st CCLC 2018 Competitive Grant Application Guidance 
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It is anticipated that the application will open Monday, February 5, 2018, through the E-Grants system.
For up to date information regarding this application process, and to access important grant guidance documents, please visit http://opi.mt.gov/Leadership/Academic-Success/After-School-Programs
Questions regarding this grant-funded program should be sent to OPI21stCCLCAppFAQ@mt.gov .
Any questions submitted will be compiled and posted on the OPI website.