Implementation Grant


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Implementation Grants of up to $60,000 over two years ($30,000 annually) are available to launch and support community-based Local College Access Networks (LCANs). Please read these instructions thoroughly prior to applying for grant funding. Implementation Grants will be accepted at any time and reviewed throughout the year. 

Rolling Grant Timeline

Implementation Grants will be accepted at any time by the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) offices. Grants are reviewed throughout the year. Please work with your geographic staff contact to get a better understanding of when your grant application may be reviewed. MCAN is committeed to reviewing grants and providing a response to applicants in 90 days or less. Applicants are highly encouraged to work with MCAN staff for assistance in preparing a competitive application. Grants will not be awarded from September 1 - September 30 as it is the end of our fiscal year. Grants received during this time will be reviewed and applicants will be notified of award status beginning October 1.

Implementation 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 in order to be successful and to help position the LCAN to be competitive for future MCAN grant opportunities.

Planning Process  Implementation Process 

1. Make the Case with Influential Champions
2. Establish an Initial Backbone Support Infrastructure 
and Continuous Improvement Process
3. Conduct a Landscape Scan and create an Asset Map
4. Gather Baseline Data
5. Establish Common Agenda and Dashboard
6. Formalize Backbone Support Infrastructure
7. Align Existing Organizations to the Network
8. Analyze Data to Select Priority Areas

9. Activate the Network
10. Utilize Continuous Improvement across the Network


Implementation Grant Deliverables

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

  • Created and executed collaborative, data-driven strategic action plan.
    • Identified, data-driven priority areas.
    • Form an action team for each priority area if appropriate.
    • Determine strategies, action steps, and timeline.
    • Formalize action plan with partnership agreements.
  • Most recent National Student Clearinghouse Student Tracker Report(s) or MiSchool Data Report
  • Updated Data Dashboard
  • Updated Asset Map if appropriate
  • Identified areas of alignment

Grantees are required to submit a final report at the end of the grant period. Final reports are submitted through SurveyMonkey Apply.

Application Assistance

MCAN staff is available to provide application assistance. Email Jessica Soja, strategy manager for community mobilization, at Jessica(a), to request support.


In addition to the financial grant, MCAN will provide extensive tools, templates, and technical assistance. MCAN has recently updated its 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 you and your entire leadership team to start is by reading the suite of collective impact articles by Kania & Kramer. Links for each article are available here.

Grant Award

Implementation Grants are $30,000 annually over two years for a total of $60,000. All grantees will be required to match 50 percent of their grant award with cash and in-kind support. It's critical to begin the process of sustaining your LCAN as soon as possible. Oftentimes, Implementation Grant funds are used to hire staff to facilitate the process on behalf of the local college access network, though each LCAN Leadership Team determines how the network will spend funds when creating the grant budget. When applying for this grant, your application should reflect two years of funding.

Defining a Local College Access Network

Local College Access Networks (LCANs) are community-based college access coordinating bodies supported by a team of community and education leaders representing K-12, higher education, the nonprofit sector, government, business and philanthropy. These intermediary organization are committed to building a college-going culture and dramatically increasing the college going/completion rates within their community. LCANs coordinate and expand programs, services and resources that lower barriers preventing students from pursuing postsecondary educational opportunities. LCANs organize community leaders around a singular vision and goal: Increase the community's postsecondary educational attainment level in order to lay the foundation for a vibrant economy, healthy community and strong workforce equipped to compete in a 21st century global economy. The LCAN will set goals focused on student success, establish a system of data gathering and analysis, report results and hold partners accountable for performance.

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 percent by the year 2030.

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.

Applying for Grant Funding

MCAN uses Survey Monkey Apply, an online grant submission and review system. All grant applications must be submitted through this system. When you click the link below, you will be taken to a login page. You will create a username and password for this system which can be used for this and future grant applications if you so choose. If you currently have a username, you can log into the system from the link below.

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.



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