Implementation 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). Please read these instructions thoroughly prior to applying for grant funding.

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Timeline

Implementation Grants will be accepted at any time by the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) offices. Grants are reviewed throughout the year. Please work with your geographic staff contact to get a better understanding of when your grant application may be reviewed. MCAN is committed to reviewing grants and providing a response to applicants in 90 days or less. Applicants are highly encouraged to work with MCAN staff for assistance in preparing a competitive application. Grants will not be awarded from September 1 - September 30 as it is the end of our fiscal year. Grants received during this time will be reviewed and applicants will be notified of award status beginning October 1.


Eligibility & Assistance 

MCAN staff is available to provide application assistance. Email Jessica Soja, strategy manager for community mobilization, to request support.


Application Submission

MCAN uses Survey Monkey Apply, an online grant submission and review system. All grant applications must be submitted through this system. When you click the link below, you will be taken to a login page. You will create a username and password for this system which can be used for this and future grant applications if you so choose. If you currently have a username, you can log into the system from the link below.

If you would like to review the online application components, you are welcome to review this document. You cannot submit the application using this PDF. This is only for review purposes.


Grant Award

Implementation Grants are $30,000 annually over two years for a total of $60,000. All grantees will be required to match 50 percent of their grant award with cash and in-kind support. It's critical to begin the process of sustaining your LCAN as soon as possible. Oftentimes, Implementation Grant funds are used to hire staff to facilitate the process on behalf of the local college access network, though each LCAN Leadership Team determines how the network will spend funds when creating the grant budget. When applying for this grant, your application should reflect two years of funding.


Implementation Grant Process

MCAN has adopted the collective impact framework to help communities organize and initiate their local network. MCAN recommends that communities follow the steps listed below in order to be successful and to help position the LCAN to be competitive for future MCAN grant opportunities.

Planning Process

  •  Make the Case with Influential Champions
  •  Establish an Initial Backbone Support Infrastructure  and Continuous Improvement Process
  • Conduct a Landscape Scan and create an Asset Map
  • Gather Baseline Data
  • Establish Common Agenda and Dashboard
  • Formalize Backbone Support Infrastructure
  • Align Existing Organizations to the Network
  • Analyze Data to Select Priority Areas

Implementation Process 

  • Activate the Network
  • Utilize Continuous Improvement across the Network


Implementation Grant Deliverables 

Successful applicants will be expected to work toward, complete and submit the following Implementation Grant deliverables during the tenure of their grant award.

Created and executed a collaborative, data-driven strategic action plan.

  • Identified, data-driven priority areas.
  • Form an action team for each priority area if appropriate.
  • Determine strategies, action steps, and timeline.
  • Formalize action plan with partnership agreements.

Most recent National Student Clearinghouse Student Tracker Report(s) or MiSchool Data Report

  • Updated Data Dashboard
  • Updated Asset Map if appropriate
  • Identified areas of alignment

Grantees are required to submit a final report at the end of the grant period. Final reports are submitted through SurveyMonkey Apply.