Reach Higher High School Grant

Important Dates

Application Release: Funding opportunity made available on Spring 2019.
Deadline: Applications are due Friday, June 30, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. to MCAN.
Application Notification: Successful applicants will be notified by Thursday, August 15, 2019.


MCAN Member high schools that have never received a Reach Higher High School grant award are eligible to apply. To learn more about becoming a member or to sign up, visit MCAN's Membership page. Eligibility questions should be directed via email to: Brandy Johnson, Executive Director, brandy(a)

Grant Priorities

MCAN is seeking high schools with a strong commitment from the building principal, school counseling team, and dedicated college and career readiness staff to move the needle on key college access metrics for the Reach Higher High School grant.  High Schools that are dedicated to assembling a Postsecondary Advisory Council, coordinating a suite of college access interventions, assessing the college-going culture and school counseling capacity, and collecting and analyzing disaggregated student outcomes data should consider applying.  

Reach Higher High Schools will strategically prioritize the development and implementation of five essential elements to build a college-going culture and improve college enrollment and completion outcomes in the building.

  1. Postsecondary Advisory Council
    Reach Higher High Schools will bring together a team of stakeholders to set the school’s vision and college access strategy. The PAC will meet monthly (at a minimum) to strategically develop and implement the school’s college access programming, collect and analyze data, develop and implement data-driven collaborative action plans.

  2. Linked College Access Events
    Reach Higher High Schools will host a linked triad of college access events – Michigan College Month, College Cash Campaign, and College Decision Day– prioritizing the development of a coordinated, strategic effort to execute targeted interventions throughout an entire year.

  3. College-Going Culture Assessment
    Reach Higher High Schools will conduct the Postsecondary Success Asset Mapping (PSAM) survey to assess the building’s college-going culture in five asset areas: transition knowledge and skills, content knowledge, learning skills and techniques, critical thinking and problem solving skills, and school-based systems.

  4. School Counseling Self-Assessment
    Reach Higher High Schools will assess the current effectiveness of its college and career readiness counseling, support, and programming from two perspectives: Staffing and Capacity and College-Going Culture and Programs.

  5. Student Outcome Data Analysis
    Reach Higher High schools will utilize publicly available data sources to collect, disaggregate, and analyze data on key college and career readiness student outcome metrics.  Findings will be utilized to develop collaborative action plans.

Grant Award

MCAN expects a highly competitive grant process. Grants of $5,000 will be awarded to approximately 20 high schools. The total amount of funding provided will be subject to the availability of funds.  The grant period is generally less than one year, with a start date of October 1, 2018 and an end date of June 30, 2019.  MCAN is committed to reviewing grants and providing a response to applicants by August 15, 2018.

About Michigan College Access Network

The mission of the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) is to increase college readiness, participation, and completion 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 certificates 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.

Proposal Submission

Proposals are only accepted using Michigan College Access Network’s online grants system, Fluid Review. To apply to for all high school grant competitions, visit, or select the "Apply Now" button below.

If you have an existing account, you can sign in and click “Create New Submission.” Select “Reach Higher High School Grant Application” 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 “Reach Higher High School Grant Application” from the drop-down. Then complete the grant application.  

Application Assistance 

You are encouraged to contact MCAN to inquire about eligibility and to request technical assistance. Please contact Executive Director Brandy Johnson at brandy(a), or call (517) 316-1713 for assistance with your application or for help with the online application portal.

If you would like to review the online application components, you are welcome to review this Word document version. You cannot submit the application using this Word document. This is only for review purposes. 

2018-19 Grantee Resources 

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