Opportunities to Improve College Access

Michigan College Access Network offers grant opportunities to build up Local College Access Networks (LCANs) that put college in reach for more Michigan youth. MCAN has created a series of college access program grant opportunities, including funds for planning, implementation, and continuous improvement.

All grants are competitive and pending the availability of funds.

Available Grants:

  • Planning Grants: range between $5,000 and $10,000 and are available to conduct a strategic planning process to organize and initiate a community-based local college acces network (LCAN). Pending the availability of funds, Planning Grants will be awarded in Fall 2013. *After Round 8 - Fall 2013, Planning Grants will be accepted year-round on a rolling basis. To learn more or apply for a planning grant visit  
  • Implementation 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). Please contact MCAN to inquire about eligibility and to request technical assistance.. To learn more or apply for an implementation grant visit  
  • Continuous Improvement 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. Those LCANs that are invited to apply will have implemented the collective impact framework. A staff member of the Michigan College Access Network must sign off on all applications prior to submission. Uninvited applications will not be considered. Continuous Improvement Grants will be accepted on a rolling basis. To learn more or apply for a collective impact grant visit


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 here. A great place for the LCAN leadership team to start is by reading the suite of collective impact articles by Kania & Kramer.


Please contact Ryan Fewins-Bliss, Assistant Director for Network Development, if you have any questions regarding future grants at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 517-316-1713.

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