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Subject: GRANTS ANNOUNCED: Increasing College Access


Michigan’s future is a matter of education.


But for too many of Michigan’s residents, a college education is a matter of overcoming some formidable barriers… of expectations, of preparation, of affordability, and more.


Recently, The Kresge Foundation awarded a $1 million, multi-part grant with a single focus: Making postsecondary education more accessible in Michigan—particularly among low-income and/or first-generation college students.


This funding, available through Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) and Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF), includes:


  1. Planning Grants (up to $8,000) to facilitate the initial process to develop a college access program. Each one-time grant is intended to help a community determine local college access needs and design an implementation plan for starting a college access program. 


  1. Startup Grants (up to $50,000) to invest in new college access organizations. Each one-time grant will assist with direct program and operating costs—such as budgeting, staffing, training, organizing, etc.


  1. Expansion Grants (up to $25,000) to support existing programs with track records of success by enhancing operations, programming, and/or marketing capabilities. MCAN can work with college access organizations to leverage state-wide initiatives including the Michigan College Access Portal, KnowHow2Go campaign, professional development and other tools.


  1. Community Foundation Challenge Grants (up to $50,000) to encourage community foundations to partner, strengthen and sustain their local college access effort. These challenge grants are available to Michigan community foundations that are in compliance with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations. To qualify, a community foundation must also receive or partner with a recipient of an MCAN Planning Grant, Startup Grant or Expansion Grant.


Planning, Startup and Expansion Grants are administered by Michigan College Access Network. Community Foundation Challenge Grants are administered by Council of Michigan Foundations.


On November 15, interested organizations are encouraged to take part in a Prospective Applicant Meeting to gather details and ask questions about this opportunity. The meeting takes place in Ann Arbor as a pre-conference session of the Pre-College and Youth Outreach Conference.


You can learn more about the meeting and the grants at


I hope you’ll consider taking part in this opportunity to bring college—and a brighter future—within reach.


Don’t hesitate to contact me with questions.


Brandy Johnson-Faith
College Access Coordinator
Policy Division
Office of Governor Jennifer M. Granholm
(517) 335-5113
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