Important Dates

  • Application Release: Fall 2020
  • Deadline: January 15, 2021
  • Application Notification: February 15, 2021


Year 2: Reach Higher High School Renewal Grant

MCAN is seeking high schools with a strong commitment from the building principal, school counseling team, and dedicated college and career readiness staff to move the needle on key college access metrics for the Reach Higher High School Renewal grant. High Schools that are dedicated to improving their Postsecondary Advisory Council, coordinating a suite of college access interventions, implementing collaborative action plans addressing data-driven priority areas, and collecting and analyzing disaggregated student outcomes data should consider applying.  

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. 

Eligibility & Application Assistance

Eligibility questions should be directed via email to Autumn Kearney, Strategy Manager. You are encouraged to contact MCAN to inquire about eligibility and to request technical assistance. 

Grant Priorities

  1. Improved Postsecondary Advisory Council: Year 2 Reach Higher High Schools will continue to convene a dedicated team of professionals to lead the building-level college access strategy. The team should include at minimum the principal, school counselor(s), college/career adviser(s), teachers, as well as (if appropriate) higher education representatives (admissions, financial aid, outreach), and community-based organizations. Reach Higher High School Renewal grantees will review their current PAC roster and think through strategies for addressing staff turnover and expanding the PAC to include new key partners.
  2. Scaled Access Events: Reach Higher High Schools will host a linked triad of college access events – Michigan College Month, College Cash Campaign, and College Decision Day– prioritizing the development of a coordinated, strategic effort to execute targeted interventions throughout an entire year. Reach Higher High School Renewal grantees will be expected to scale their event programming.
  3. Collaborative Action: Reach Higher High School Renewal grantees will implement two action plans built around the priority areas selected during year one of the program (one informed by the Postsecondary Success Asset Mapping survey and one informed by the Reach Higher rubric), including regular progress check-ins at PAC meetings.
  4. Student Outcome Data AnalysisReach Higher High schools will utilize publicly available data sources to collect, disaggregate, and analyze data on key college and career readiness student outcome metrics. 
  5. Sustainability Planning: Reach Higher High School Renewal grantees will develop a sustainability plan to ensure programmatic and financial support beyond the MCAN granting period and begin to formalize and systematize the Reach Higher work within the building. 

Grant Award

Grants of $5,000 will be awarded to approximately 20 high schools. The total amount of funding provided will be subject to the availability of funds. The grant period is generally less than one year, with a start date in February and an end date in December. 

Current Grantee Resources