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, startup and collective impact.
The Grants Include:
Planning Grants: are awarded to facilitate the initial process to develop a community-based local college access network. Planning Grants of up to $8,000 are available to organize and initiative a community-based local college access network (LCAN). Pending the availability of funds, Planning Grants will be awarded in October 2012. To learn more or apply for a planning grant visit www.micollegeaccess.org/grants/planning-grant.
Startup Grants: of up to $50,000 are available to launch and formalize community-based Local College Access Networks (LCANs). Startup Grant funds may not be used for scholarships. Pending the availability of funds, Startup Grants will be awarded in October 2012. To learn more or apply for a startup grant visit www.micollegeaccess.org/grants/startup-grant.
Collective Impact Grants: of up to $25,000 are available to support and formalize community-based Local College Access Networks (LCANs). Collective Impact Grant funds may not be used for scholarships. LCANs must have been operational by October 1, 2011 and working within the statewide MCAN network in order to be eligible for a Collective Impact Grant. To learn more or apply for a collective impact grant visit www.micollegeaccess.org/grants/collective-impact
MCAN has adopted the Collective Impact framework to help communities organize and initiate their local network.
If you're considering applying for a grant, please read the Collective Impact articles by Kania & Kramer. (Available for download here: http://bit.ly/dHoK5u)
- “Collective Impact” – Stanford Social Innovation Review, Winter 2011 http://www.ssireview.org/images/articles/2011_WI_Feature_Kania.pdf
- “Channeling Change – Making Collective Impact Work” – Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2012 http://www.ssireview.org/pdf/Channeling_Change_PDF.pdf
Technical assistance/Professional support: When you receive any of these college access grants, you’re eligible to receive technical assistance, tools and templates available through Michigan College Access Network.
Application Deadlines (Round VIII):
MCAN staff is available to help organizations through the application and program process. Please email us or call 517-316-1713.