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Grant Opportunities to Improve College Access

Michigan College Access Network offers grant opportunities to support Local College Access Networks (LCANs) and other entities 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. Please read the descriptions below for more information on each grant. You can also visit for a more thorough understanding of each grant.  Once you've finished reading, please use the options on the right panel to enter the grants system.

All grants are pending the availability of funds.

Available Grants:

  • LCAN Planning GrantsGrants of up to $10,000 are available to conduct a strategic planning process to organize and initiate a community-based local college acces network (LCAN).  Planning Grants are accepted year-round on a rolling basis. 
  • LCAN Implementation Grants: 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). Grants are available on a rolling basis and are typically, but not always, preceeded by an LCAN Planning Grant. 
  • LCAN Continuous Improvement GrantsGrants 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. LCANs that are invited to apply will have implemented the collective impact framework.  LCANs who have not yet been invited to apply will not be able to see this grant option within the grant application system.  Continuous Improvement Grants will be accepted on a rolling basis. If you believe your LCAN is ready for to apply for a Continuous Improvement Grant, please reach out to your MCAN geographic representative. 
  • Reach Higher High School GrantsCompetitive mini-grants of $5,000 are available for high schools to address four essential elements of a high school strategy to build a college-going culture and improve college enrollment and completion outcomes: Establish a Postsecondary Advisory Council (PAC), plan and host a linked triad of college access events, conduct the Postsecondary Success Asset Mapping survey, and complete the Reach Higher rubric to assess the current effectiveness of its counseling/advising program in three areas: capacity, focus, and training. The Request for Proposals for the 2016-17 cohort is now available. 
  • AdviseMI High School Adviser Grants: The 2016-2017 RFP for AdviseMI is now available. The AdviseMI program embeds well-trained, dedicated, near-peer college advisers in high schools that serve significant numbers of low-income and first generation college-going students. The goal of the program is to increase the number of high school students who enter and complete postecondary education. Applications can only be submitted by Michigan high schools. No applications will be accepted by other organizations submitting on a high school's behalf. This proposal process is currently closed.
  • Innovative Program Grants: While MCAN’s primary strategy to achieving Goal 2025 remains the development and support of Local College Access Networks, MCAN will now also provide grant funding to direct service programs for innovative work in support of the Big Goal. Innoovative Program Grants will fund programming that increases college readiness, enrollment and completion in local communities and across the state through grants of up to $10,000. Grants require 50 percent match funding, of which 50 percent can be in-kind and at least 50 percent must be cash. For example, if an applicant requests $10,000, match funds of at least $5,000 must be provided. Of that $5,000, $2,500 may be matched by in-kind support. Innovative Program Grants are not intended to be renewable or long-term funding for a program. MCAN staff will work with grantees to help design sustainability plans for programming if desired.


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: A Community's Guide for Increasing Educational Attainment through the Lens of Collective Impact at A great place for potential grantees to start is by reading the suite of Collective Impact articles by Kania & Kramer.

Getting Started:
Once you've read the information above, use the tools on the right panel to enter the online grants system. If you have not yet created an account, click "SIGN UP." If you've already created an account, enter your sign in information and click "SIGN IN."


Please contact Ryan Fewins-Bliss, Assistant Director for Network Development, if you have any questions regarding grants at or call 517-316-1713