Reach Higher High School Renewal Grant

Important Dates

Application Release: Funding opportunity made available on Spring 2019.
Deadline: Applications are due July 31, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. to MCAN.
Application Notification: Successful applicants will be notified by August 31, 2019.


Eligibility questions should be directed to: Jamie Jacobs, Senior Director of High School Innovation, jamie(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 Renewal grant.  High Schools that are dedicated to improving their Postsecondary Advisory Council, coordinating a suite of college access interventions, implementing collaborative action plans addressing data-driven priority areas, and collecting and analyzing disaggregated student outcomes data should consider applying.  

Reach Higher High School Renewal grantees will strategically prioritize the improvement, scaling, and sustainability of five essential elements to build a college-going culture and improve college enrollment and completion outcomes in the building.

  1. Improved Postsecondary Advisory Council
    Year 2 Reach Higher High Schools will continue to convene a dedicated team of professionals to lead the building-level college access strategy. The team should include at minimum the principal, school counselor(s), college/career adviser(s), teachers, as well as (if appropriate) higher education representatives (admissions, financial aid, outreach), and community-based organizations. Reach Higher High School Renewal grantees will review their current PAC roster and think through strategies for addressing staff turnover and expanding the PAC to include new key partners.

  2. Scaled 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.  Reach Higher High School Renewal grantees will be expected to scale their event programming.

  3. Collaborative Action
    Reach Higher High School Renewal grantees will implement two action plans built around the priority areas selected during year one of the program (one informed by the Postsecondary Success Asset Mapping survey and one informed by the Reach Higher rubric), including regular progress check-ins at PAC meetings.

  4. 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. 

  5. Sustainability Planning
    Reach Higher High School Renewal grantees will develop a sustainability plan to ensure programmatic and financial support beyond the MCAN granting period and begin to formalize and systematize the Reach Higher work within the building. 

Grant Award

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 and an end date of June 30.  MCAN is committed to reviewing grants and providing a response to applicants by August 31.

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 2030. 

At its core, MCAN believes:

  • College is Postsecondary Education: MCAN uses the term "college" to refer to the attainment of valuable credentials beyond high school, defined as postsecondary 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, Survey Monkey Apply.

Eligible high schools will have access the Reach Higher High School Renewal grant through their final reporting process for the Reach Higher High School Grant.

Application Assistance

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

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