Grant Opportunities to Improve College Access

Michigan College Access Network offers grant opportunities to build up Local College Access Networks (LCANs) that put college in reach for more Michigan youth. MCAN has created a series of college access grant opportunities, including funds for planning, implementation, and continuous improvement.

All grants are competitive and pending the availability of funds. MCAN will not grant funds from September 1 - September 30 as it is the end of our fiscal year. Grant submitted during that time will be reviewed  and notified of award status beginning October 1. If you have any questions on this process, please contact Ryan Fewins-Bliss, deputy director for community investment, at ryan(a)

Available Grants

  • Planning Grants:  are available up to $20,000 to conduct a strategic planning process to organize and initiate a community-based Local College Access Network (LCAN). Planning Grants will be accepted at any time and reviewed throughout the year. To learn more or apply for a planning grant visit  
  • Continuous Improvement Grants: of up to $25,000 are available to support, grow and promote the sustainability of community-based Local College Access Networks (LCANs) over the course of 12 months. As communities are ready for this grant, they are invited to apply by the Michigan College Access Network. Those LCANs that are invited to apply will have implemented the collective impact framework. A staff member of the Michigan College Access Network must sign off on all applications prior to submission. Uninvited applications will not be considered. Continuous Improvement Grants will be accepted on a rolling basis. To learn more or apply for a Continuous Improvement Grant visit


In addition to a 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 Second Edition: A Community's Guide for Increasing Educational Attainment through the Lens of Collective Impact - here. A great place for the LCAN leadership team to start is by reading the suite of collective impact articles by Kania & Kramer.

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