Community Foundation Challenge Grant
The Community Foundation Challenge Grant Initiative
Preview the Ready for Success Toolkit
For eligible Community Foundations, you can access the full toolkit and take part in our Learning Community by logging in and accessing the following resources. We also encourage you to participate in the Forums and Share your own resources with your other Community Foundations
Please contact Michigan College Access Network and the Council of Michigan Foundations for information on eligibility and access to these resources.
The Community Foundation Challenge Grant Initiative builds on the success of MCAN and its mission to dramatically increase college participation and completion rates, particularly among Michigan's low-income students, first-generation students, and students of color, by supporting the creation, expansion, and sustainability of high-quality local college access networks. The Kresge Foundation has invested $1.2 million to encourage Michigan community foundations to expand, enhance, strengthen and sustain their local college access strategies. The Community Foundation Challenge Grant Initiative is administered by the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF). These special grants are available to Michigan community foundations that are in compliance with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.
Defining College Access Support for Your Community Foundation
What does college access leadership look like? The short answer: It depends—on what your community needs, what your foundation has to offer, and the strength and status of your existing LCAN.
Whether you’re part of an LCAN in its infancy, introducing a current LCAN to more effective models of collaboration, or supporting an already effective LCAN, your community foundation can play a crucial role of the network’s success and sustainability.
Through the generous funding of The Kresge Foundation this brief and its companion toolkit prepare community foundations to define a leadership role in the context of a Local College Access Network (LCAN), a high-quality, community-based college access initiative, and to act on four leadership strategies based on the experiences of community foundations already immersed in this work.
For more information on the Kresge Challenge grant and how Community Foundations can participate, please read more at the Council of Michigan Foundations' website.