Annual Bidders Conferences

The Ohio Department of Education is hosting bidders conferences in February to allow eligible applicants to learn more about the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) competitive grant opportunity. This competitive grant provides quality after-school and summer learning programs – with an option for before-school programming - primarily for children of high poverty and low academic achievement. The programs focus on reading, mathematics, positive youth development, and parent and family engagement. Children participate in a wide array of enrichment activities in areas such as sports, science, technology, and arts and crafts.

Bidders conference sessions are designed to give interested applicants the chance to ask questions regarding grant requirements, service expectations and the application process. Eligible applicants include public and private school districts, county educational service centers, community and faith-based organizations and businesses. Priority for funding will be given to qualifying programs that serve small town or rural districts.  Funds are awarded to high-quality programs for up to five years.


Dates and Registration

Registration for the Fiscal Year 2024 sessions closed at noon on February 19, 2023.


Date: February 21, 2023
Location:  Columbus, Ohio
Time:  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Date: February 22, 2023
Location:  Microsoft Teams Webinar
Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Applying for a 21st CCLC grant is an online process through the Department’s Comprehensive Continuous Improvement Planning (CCIP) system. If you would like assistance in using the CCIP, Nina Pace will provide virtual trainings in March and April for which you can register here.

The application period begins Friday, March 24th and closes at 5pm on Friday, April 28th, 2023. Below, please find the finalized version of the Request for Applications document.

Request for Applications

Please review the "getting started" section below.

Information for Potential Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Applicants

Getting Started

All organizations participating in this program for the first time need to take these initial steps:

  1. Obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN), which is assigned by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  
  2. Establish an OH|ID account by clicking the "login" link at the top of any page on the ODE Web site. Each individual who will be submitting or accessing secure information in the ODE systems must have an OH|ID in place.
  3. Set up an Internal Retrieval Number (IRN), which is a unique number assigned to each organization that is doing business with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). Establishing a New Organization in OEDS (IRN) 
  4. Next steps are provided through the OhioPays website in the following instructions and forms:

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