Note: MCAN is not accepting applications for High School Innovation Grants at this time.
MCAN recognizes the great work of high schools across the state to move Michigan closer to Sixty by 30 — to increase the percentage of Michigan residents with degrees or postsecondary certificates to 60 percent by the year 2030. In support of these efforts, MCAN will make strategic investments in high schools prioritizing innovative systems change work.
MCAN is excited to introduce the High School Innovation Grants program (formerly Reach Higher High School Grants), which will provide funding and support to high schools focused on changing systems that perpetuate inequity in postsecondary pathways. New for the 2021-22 school year, high schools are eligible to apply for the Aspire grant, the first stage of the three-year High School Innovations Grants series. This grant series is meant to equip schools with the tools necessary to complete subsequent cycles of the grant process independently, beyond the first three years of participation.
Throughout the High School Innovation Grants series, schools can expect to:
Multiple $5,000 grants are available within the first year of the High School Innovation Grants program. Applications will open on Wednesday, Sep. 1 and close on Sunday, Oct. 17th. Applicants will be notified of their status by Friday, Oct. 22 with a grant start date of Nov. 15, 2021. The Aspire grant will run through Sept. 30, 2022. Participating schools can expect to:
Schools will be encouraged to apply for the Activate grant at the conclusion of their Aspire grant. Up to $10,000 will be available for eligible schools, depending on school size. The main goal of the Activate grant is to provide support to schools in executing the action plans they outlined at the conclusion of the Aspire grant. More information on this grant will be provided to eligible schools.
Schools will be encouraged to apply for the Align grant at the conclusion of their Activate grant. Up to $10,000 will be available for eligible schools, depending on school size. The main goal of the Align grant is to evaluate the work completed during the Aspire and Activate grants and to forge a plan for continued progress towards Sixty by 30. More information on this grant will be provided to eligible schools.
Contact Jamie Jacobs, deputy director and director of high school innovation.