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. As a key role, MCAN will make strategic investments in high schools prioritizing innovative systems change work in support of Sixty by 30.

Since 2015, MCAN has been providing grant funds directly to high schools through the Reach Higher High School grant program. In 2017, MCAN piloted a new grant program for high schools, Reach Higher System Impact grants. The Michigan College Access Network 2017-2021 Strategic Plan outlines MCANs strategies for reaching Sixty by 30 and high school grant-making is named as a key strategy. Together these insights and strategic directives allowed MCAN to develop and launch our High School Grant-making strategy. 

Local College Access Networks

Bonus points will be given for applicants that are connected to a Local College Access Network (LCAN) as a comprehensive approach to increasing postsecondary attainment within a community. This includes the work of action teams, network members, individual schools, etc. that operate within an LCAN. Other schools are also eligible to apply.  

This funding is not meant as a means of supporting network development. Please see MCAN’s LCAN-specific grant programs.

Questions about these grants?

Contact Autumn Kearney, Strategy Manager.

Year 1: Reach Higher High School Grant

Reach Higher High Schools will strategically prioritize the development and implementation of five essential elements to build a college-going culture and improve college enrollment and completion outcomes in the building.

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Year 2: Reach Higher High School Renewal Grant

Reach Higher High School Renewal grantees will strategically prioritize the improvement, scaling, and sustainability of five essential elements to build a college-going culture and improve college enrollment and completion outcomes in the building.

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Year 3: Reach Higher System Impact Grant

With the Reach Higher System Impact grant, MCAN seeks to align the investment of high school innovation resources in Priority Areas with a particular interest in the Targeted Focus Strategies

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Year 4: Reach Higher System Impact Renewal Grant

High Schools with a plan to systematize, scale, or sustain their bold systems change initiative project(s) from year 1 should consider applying.

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