Boys & Girls Club of Richland County Awarded CCLC Grant
August 2, 2023 | View PDF
Boys & Girls Club of Richland County is excited to announce that the Club has been awarded a five-year 21st CCLC grant to assist with improving academic achievement for our members. One of the requirements of this federal grant is that Club families will not be charged any fees for after-school or summer programming. In addition, we will be providing free transportation from West Side to Central using the BGC bus. As a component of this grant funding, we will be working directly with staff and administration at West Side school to provide academic support for those students we share. We will continue to charge for our special K1 program as it is not part of the grant funding.
This grant will cover approximately 20% of our yearly programming expenses for the five-year duration. The additional 80% of the required funds will need to be raised annually by the Club through donations, other grants, and fundraisers, so we will continue to need support from our Club families and the community. There appears to be a common misconception that Boys & Girls Clubs of America provides financial support for local Clubs. That is not the case; in fact, our Club pays BGCA over $5,000/year in membership fees for the use of their brand and the other non-financial supports provided to the Club.
We are proud of the programs we provide. These programs include after-school and full-day Friday programs during the school year and full-day summer camps. These programs focus on academic achievement, healthy lifestyles, character and citizenship, and leadership development. We also have a half-day program Monday-Thursday for K1 students who attend kindergarten in the morning and come to the Club in the afternoon. The Club also provides a wide variety of community outreach programs including weekly food backpacks for Richland County students living in food insecurity, free food and produce boxes, free winter outerwear, and free school supplies. In addition, the Club serves as the community Summer Food Program, serving 100s of free breakfasts and lunches to children during the summer, the Richland County Dolly Parton Imagination Library affiliate, and the Richland County SafeCare affiliate. We are asking our families to consider making a donation to the Club when they register their child(ren) for Club programs. We also encourage local donors and businesses to continue to support the vital services provided at Boys & Girls Club.