Promise Zone Grant

Request for Proposals  

Context and Need  Eligibility Timeline Grant Period
Submission & Award Process  Application Assistance  About MCAN  Apply


Context and Need

Promise Zone Grants of up to $10,000 are available to support efforts focused on boosting post-secondary attainment in Michigan through strong place-based financial scholarship programs in alignment with Goal 2025: Increase the percentage of Michigan residents with degrees or postsecondary certificates to 60% by the year 2025. In 2015, MCAN supported strategic planning grants for Michigan’s Promise Zones to define specific goals for sustainability, operations and outcomes. This series of three training and planning sessions resulted in a summary report of recommendations to the Promise Zone Authority.

This grant application is to support the ongoing efforts to implement and activate the recommendations determined in those plans.  For Promise Zones that did not participate in 2015’s grant process, this grant will support the actualization of a strategic plan you’ve adopted separately. To be eligible for this grant, the Promise Zone Authority must have an approved plan from which to work.


Any and all of Michigan’s legislatively-created Promise Zone Authorities are eligible for this grant opportunity if they meet the following conditions:

  • Current member of the Michigan Promise Zone Association,
  • Have completed strategic planning with identifiable goals and activities, and
  • Be up-to-date with all reporting and requirements of previous grants received from MCAN.

Rolling Grant Timeline 

The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) will accept grants at any time beginning December 22, 2016 through July 31, 2017 or until all budgeted grant funds have been expended. Grants are reviewed throughout the year.  You are encouraged to complete your grant as early in the process as possible to ensure funding is still available. Contact Ryan Fewins-Bliss at MCAN (contact information below) at any time to determine if grant funds are still available. MCAN is committed to reviewing grants and providing a response to applicants in 90 days or less. 

Grant Period

Promise Zone Grants are awarded for 12 months from the time of grant acceptance. A final financial and narrative report will be due approximately 30 days after the final day of the grant period. More information about reporting will be available upon awarding of the grant funds.  Promise Zone Grants are non-renewable, although grantees may be eligible for future grant programs.   

Proposal Submission & Award Process

MCAN staff will review proposals and provide written feedback.  Final decisions regarding awards will be contingent upon the recommendations of the staff and available funds.  MCAN is committed to reviewing grants and providing a response to applicants in 90 days or less. Please adjust your application schedule to accommodate this review timetable. All applications must be submitted using MCAN’s online grants system, FluidReview. You can find a link to the system, as well as updated application instructions at

Application Assistance

Please contact Sarah Anthony (sarah(a) for assistance with the content of your application. Please contact Ryan Fewins-Bliss (ryan(a) for assistance with the application process. Please contact Connor McLaughlin (connor(c) for assistance with the online grant application system. You can also reach all MCAN staff at 517-316-1713.

For your reference, you can download a copy of the RFP (Request for Proposals) here to review the requirements prior to logging into the online grants system. Applications will only be accepted online. The online system allows you to enter and exit and save your work at any time.

About Michigan College Access Network  

MCAN’s mission is to increase college readiness, participation and completion rates in Michigan, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college going students, and students of color. In order to build and sustain a vibrant economy and strong communities based on a highly educated population, MCAN works to ensure everyone in Michigan has the opportunity to access and succeed in postsecondary education. MCAN’s goal is to increase the percentage of Michigan residents with high-quality degrees or credentials to 60% by the year 2025.  At its core, MCAN believes:

College is Postsecondary Education: MCAN uses the term “college” to refer to the attainment of valuable postsecondary credentials beyond high school, including professional/technical certificates and academic degrees.

College is a Necessity:  Postsecondary education is a prerequisite to success in a knowledge-based economy. Everyone must pursue and complete a postsecondary credential or degree beyond high school.

College is for Everyone: The postsecondary education attainment rates among low-income students and students of color are significantly lower than those of other students. MCAN is committed to closing these gaps.

College is a Public Good: Postsecondary educational opportunity and attainment are critical to a just and equitable society, strong economy, and healthy communities.


Applying For Grant Funding

Proposals are only accepted using Michigan College Access Network’s online grants system, Fluid Review. To apply to for Promise Zone Grant, visit, or select the "Apply Now" button below.

If you have an existing account, you can sign in and click “Create New Submission.” Select “Promise Zone Grant” from the drop-down menu and complete the grant application. If you don’t have an existing account, click “Sign Up” and provide your registration information, selecting “Promise Zone Grant” from the drop-down. Then complete the grant application.  




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