Planning Grant

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).

Planning Grant Timeline

Pending the availability of funds, planning Grants will be accepted at any time by the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) offices. Grants are reviewed throughout the year. Please work with Ryan Fewins-Bliss, Assistant Director of Network Development, to get a better understanding of when your grant application may be reviewed. MCAN is committed to reviewing grants and providing a response to applicants in 90 days or less.

MCAN will not grant funds from September 1 - September 30 due to the end of our fiscal year. Grant submissions are welcomed during this time and will be reviewed, however, awards will not be processed until October 1. If you have any questions on this process, please contact Ryan Fewins-Bliss at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Planning Grant Process

MCAN has adopted the collective impact framework to help communities organize and initiate their local network. MCAN recommends that communities follow the steps listed below during the planning process in order to be successful and to help position the LCAN to be competitive for future MCAN grant opportunites:

  1. Make the Case with Influential Champions
  2. Conduct a Landscape Scan and Asset Map
  3. Gather Baseline Data
  4. Establish Initial LCAN Accountability Structure
  5. Establish LCAN Common Agenda and Dashboard
  6. Formalize Backbone Support Infrastructure
  7. Align Existing Organizations to Shared Goals and Measures
  8. Analyze Data to Select Priority Areas

Planning Grant Deliverables

Successful applicants will be expected to work toward, complete and submit the following Planning Grant deliverables during the tenure of their grant award.

  • Signed Common Agenda
  • Completed Asset Map
  • Plan for Backbone Support
  • National Student Clearinghouse StudentTracker Report(s)
  • College Access and Success Dashboard
  • Identified Priority Areas for Action Planning

Grant Award

Planning grants range between $5,000 and $10,000. It's important to think about what your community needs to assist with the planning process. All grantees will be required to match 25% of their grant award with cash or in-kind support. It's important to begin the process of sustaining your LCAN from the beginning. Sample expendistures include hiring a consultant/facilitator for the process, data analysis costs, and/or travel costs to visit another community's LCAN.


In addition to the 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 entire planning team to start is by reading the suite of collective impact articles by Kania & Kramer.

Application Assistance

MCAN staff is available to provide applicaiton assistance. Email Ryan Fewins-Bliss, Assistant Director for Network Development, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request support.

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