NCAN Announces College Success Grant Opportunity for Members

October 23, 2017

By Kim Szarmach, Communications Intern

A new NCAN grant will help a dozen member organizations establish or expand college success programs. 

Thanks to generous support from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, NCAN will offer grants of up to $45,000 over two years for up to 12 member organizations to establish or significantly expand college success services for students by at least 15 to 20 percent. These grants will target place-based and smaller college access and success programs that are not typically eligible for funding from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. College success is one of the foundation’s main priorities in its mission to help children living in urban poverty.

The grant application will be available in early November 2017 and due in early January 2018. NCAN will award the grants in March to support student services during the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years. NCAN will host a webinar in early November 2017 to explain the grant program and answer questions about applying. 

Grant winners will also gain access to important resources including a learning community to share their experiences and discuss challenges and successes, as well as explore practices of established college success programs and engage their higher education partners in refining strategies for shared student support.

"This new grant will allow NCAN to guide and support smaller college access organizations as they work to create and strengthen programming that will increase college retention and degree completion for students underrepresented in higher education," NCAN Executive Director Kim Cook said.

Members encouraged to apply are smaller, place-based college access organizations with budgets of $750,000 to $2 million. 

NCAN expects that the expanded work of the 12 grant recipients will increase the share of access students who receive success services by 20 percent in the first year and 15 percent in the second. This outcome is extremely important because there is currently a 34-percentage-point gap in postsecondary completion between high and low-poverty schools.

NCAN offered a similar re-grant opportunity, funded by TG, in 2010, awarding $25,000 to four organizations to expand their college success programs. Between the first and second year of the grant, the four organizations experienced college persistence rates of 78 percent, 67 percent, 97 percent, and 100 percent.

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