COVID-19 Response Grants
COVID-19 Response Grants
Context and Need:
The COVID-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus has significantly altered the lives of individuals across the world. As we all adapt to a "new normal," MCAN remains 100% committed to supporting our partners in college access and attaining Sixty by 30: 60 percent of Michigan residents complete a postsecondary certificate or degree by the year 2030. As we move forward in this fluid, ever-changing environment, MCAN is offering a new grant opportunity: COVID-19 Response Grants.
While MCAN understands that the needs of organizations, schools, colleges, and communities are vast right now, funding for COVID-19 Response Grants must directly support postsecondary readiness, access and success activities that are aligned with MCAN's mission, vision, and values. There must be a strong and clear connection to postsecondary readiness, access, and success in order to be eligible for this funding.
Funding and Administration:
COVID-19 Response Grants provide a flexible funding pathway for Michigan high schools, Local College Access Networks, community-based nonprofit organizations, and higher education institutions to support emergent postsecondary projects and programs in their communities. Funding is offered through two pathways: up to $2,500 in mini-grants targeted towards high schools, and up to $10,000 targeted towards a community response.
MCAN HAS WAIVED THE MATCH FUNDING REQUIREMENT FOR THIS GRANT OPPORTUNITY, AND WE COMMIT TO AN EXPEDITED REVIEW PROCESS TO SUPPORT YOUR NEEDS.
Examples of proposals that fall within the grant parameters include, and are not limited to: virtual Decision Day, summer melt support, transition advising support, SAT prep support for rising Seniors, training on how to use virtual learning platforms, and providing wifi hot-spots to support rural student learning.
*Please note that this is NOT a menu from which to choose, but creative ideas to consider when addressing emergent needs, gaps, and priorities that have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic.*
COVID-19 Response Grants can be submitted through July 31, 2020. Grant applications should be submitted with an expected implementation of no more than 12 months from award date. No-cost extensions may be considered on a case-by-case basis upon request of a grantee.
Contact and Application Assistance:
Please direct your questions to Jessica Soja, Community Mobilization Strategy Manager, by calling (517) 816-7769 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Jessica also can assist with the online grant management system, SurveyMonkey Apply, and help brainstorm potential ways to utilize COVID-19 Response Grant funding.
A cross-departmental team of MCAN staff will review proposals and provide written feedback. Final decisions regarding awards will be contingent upon the recommendations of the staff and available funds. MCAN is committed to expediting the grant review process and providing a response to applicants in 30 days or less. Please adjust your application schedule to accommodate this review timetable.
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.
MCAN believes that:
College is Postsecondary Education: We use the term college to refer to attainment of education beyond high school, including postsecondary certificates and academic degrees.
College is a Necessity: Postsecondary attainment dramatically increases an individual’s economic independence in a knowledge-based economy.
College is for Everyone: We work toward changing the systems that perpetuate inequities in postsecondary attainment.
College is a Public Good: Postsecondary attainment is critical to a just and equitable society, strong economy, thriving democracy, and healthy communities.