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Grant Opportunities to Improve College Access

Michigan College Access Network offers grant opportunities to support Local College Access Networks (LCANs) and other entities that put college in reach for more Michigan youth. Please read the descriptions below for more information on each grant. Once you've finished reading, please use the options on the right panel to enter the grants system.

All grants are pending the availability of funds.

Available Grants:

  • LCAN Planning Grants: Grants of up to $10,000 are available to conduct a strategic planning process to organize and initiate a community-based local college acces network (LCAN).  Planning Grants are accepted year-round on a rolling basis. More information can be found here.
  • LCAN Implementation Grants: Grants of up to $60,000 over two years ($30,000 annually) are available to launch and support community-based Local College Access Networks (LCANs). Grants are available on a rolling basis and are typically, but not always, preceeded by an LCAN Planning Grant. More information can be found here.
  • LCAN Continuous Improvement Grants: Grants of up to $25,000 are available to support, grow and promote the sustainability of community-based Local College Access Networks (LCANs) over the course of 12 months. As communities are ready for this grant, they are invited to apply by the Michigan College Access Network. Continuous Improvement Grants will be accepted on a rolling basis. If you believe your LCAN is ready for to apply for a Continuous Improvement Grant, please reach out to your MCAN geographic representative. More information can be found here.
  • Reach Higher High School GrantsCompetitive mini-grants of $5,000 are available for high schools to address four essential elements of a high school strategy to build a college-going culture and improve college enrollment and completion outcomes: Establish a Postsecondary Advisory Council (PAC), plan and host MCAN's Statewid Initiatives, conduct the Postsecondary Success Asset Mapping survey, and complete the Reach Higher rubric to assess the current effectiveness of its counseling/advising program in three areas: capacity, focus, and training. More information can be found here.
  • Reach Higher System Impact GrantsMCAN is seeking innovative, aggressive, reform-minded high school applicants with buy-in, engagement, and formal participation from the building principal and school counseling staff for the Reach Higher System Impact grant. High Schools with a plan to implement a bold systems change initiative, developed utilizing local quantitative and qualitative data, to improve metrics around college and career readiness should consider applying. MCAN Member high schools that have successfully completed two years of the Reach Higher High School grant program and maintained compliance are eligible to apply. More information can be found here.
  • AdviseMI High School Adviser Grants:  The AdviseMI program embeds well-trained, dedicated, near-peer college advisers in high schools that serve significant numbers of low-income and first generation college-going students. The goal of the program is to increase the number of high school students who enter and complete postecondary education. Applications can only be submitted by Michigan high schools. No applications will be accepted by other organizations submitting on a high school's behalf. More information can be found here.
  • Innovative Program Grants: While MCAN’s primary strategy to achieving Goal 2025 remains the development and support of Local College Access Networks, MCAN will now also provide grant funding to direct service programs for innovative work in support of Goal 2025. Innovative Program Grants will fund programming that increases college readiness, enrollment and completion in local communities and across the state through grants of up to $10,000. Grants require 50 percent match funding, of which 50 percent can be in-kind and at least 50 percent must be cash. More information is available here.
  • High School Initiatives:  MCAN supports and maintains statewide initiatives to assist high schools counselors in helping their students through the college-going process and creating culture change within their building. Michigan College Month takes place in October with the goal of every student receiving the opportunity to apply to college and for financial aid, followed by College Cash Campaign/Race to the FAFSA Line which focuses on increasing college affordability by growing FAFSA and college scholarship application completions. Lastly, College Decision Day wraps up the trio of campaigns in the Spring by recognizing graduating seniors for their postsecondary educational plans while encouraging underclassmen to prepare early.

Resources:

In addition to a financial grant, MCAN will provide extensive tools, templates, and technical assistance. MCAN has recently published a guidebook for LCAN development using the collective impact framework. You can access Charting the Course: A Community's Guide for Increasing Educational Attainment through the Lens of Collective Impact by following this link. A great place for potential grantees to start is by reading the suite of Collective Impact articles by Kania & Kramer.

Getting Started:

Once you've read the information above, use the tools on the right panel to enter the online grants system. If you have not yet created an account, click "SIGN UP." If you've already created an account, enter your sign in information and click "SIGN IN."

Questions:

Please contact Ryan Fewins-Bliss, Assistant Director for Network Development, if you have any questions regarding grants at ryan@micollegeaccess.org or call 517-316-1713