BOISE — The State Department of Education will award about $1.5 million for five-year grants to operate after-school programs across Idaho starting in the 2018-2019 school year. Local educational agencies, community-based organizations, tribal organizations and other public and private organizations are eligible to apply for the funds. Grant applications are due by Jan. 26.

“The 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants provide critical support for thousands of Idaho students who would otherwise be idle and unsupervised after school,” Andrew Fletcher, 21st CCLC and student engagement coordinator for the State Department of Education, said in a statement. “If your school community is committed to providing opportunities for youth to thrive and succeed, I encourage you to explore this program.”

The 21st CCLC program currently funds 102 school sites throughout Idaho, serving about 7,500 students each year. It provides academic enrichment opportunities and a broad array of additional services such as art, music, physical fitness, cultural diversity, drug and violence prevention and youth development activities to students during non-school hours.

The State Department of Education will host an eligibility webinar for all those interested in applying for grant funds at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 27. To register for the webinar and upcoming Request for Application workshops, visit the State Department of Education website at www.sde.idaho.gov/student-engagement/cclc/index.html.

Regional RFA workshops will be held across the state in November to help applicants understand the grant process and requirements. The free workshops last from 8 a.m. to noon:

Nov. 7 — Lewiston, 415 Main St., second floor

Nov. 8 — Coeur d’Alene, 1000 W. Garden Ave.

Nov. 10 — Meridian, 1303 E. Central Drive

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Nov. 17 — Twin Falls, 242 Main Ave.

Nov. 18 — Pocatello, 3115 Pole Line Road

Participants should download the Application Guidance and Scoring Rubric before attending an RFA workshop. More information: Camille McCashland at 208-332-6960 or cmccashland@sde.idaho.gov.

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