Foundation / Corporation
The Kresge Foundation
09/20/21 11:59 PM PST
Grants to USA IHEs, nonprofit organizations, and researchers for projects and programs to increase access to postsecondary education for underserved communities. Applicants must register in the online system before submitting an application. Funding is intended to support free community college programs and research projects addressing the feasibility of the programs.
Community colleges play a vital role in providing postsecondary opportunities for people from underserved groups and advancing the well-being of local communities. Yet many community colleges are experiencing enrollment declines, financial constraints, and tensions about how to best serve varied student needs with available resources.
Free college programs, or “College Promise,” offers a solution. When done right, growing evidence shows College Promise programs help move America toward a more affordable college ecosystem and greater numbers of college graduates. But College Promise programs vary widely in how they’re implemented, what funding covers, what supports are in place, and what populations benefit. Additionally, free tuition alone doesn’t close equity gaps. The best College Promise Programs ensure all student populations, especially low-income and students of color, benefit.
CoPro.2.0 is a funding opportunity through which Kresge will support College Promise programs that incorporate equitable, sustainable practices into their design. It will also fund additional research into financial sustainability structures and help local programs implement the Biden-Harris Administration’s free-college program proposal.
Separately and together, funded projects are expected to show how college promise programs at community colleges can:
Concept papers are invited for projects that focus on
More about these streams can be found at https://kresge.org/wp-content/uploads/CoPro2-0-RFCP-6.30.21.pdf#page=7.
GrantWatch ID#: 197504
Up to seven
Stream 1: The per-grant maximum for this stream of funding is $300,000 total.
Stream 2: The per-grant maximum for grants in this stream is $200,000 total.
Stream 3: Up to $150,000
Stream 1: Up to two years
Stream 2: Up to two years
Stream 3: One- to two-year grants
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