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CoPro2.0: Shaping Equitable and Sustainable College Promise Programs

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Researchers, and IHEs for Projects
to Improve Access to Postsecondary Education Programs

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The Kresge Foundation

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Deadline Date:

09/20/21 11:59 PM PST


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, researchers, and IHEs for projects to improve access to postsecondary education programs. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended for programs and research projects that address concerns of equity and financial sustainability in higher education.

Proposals are invited for projects that focus on three streams of work:

  1. Program Innovations and Redesign;
  2. Research on Financial Sustainability; and
  3. Strategic, Local and State Implementation Guidance for the Biden-Harris Administration’s tuition-free community college proposal. 

Separately and together, funded projects are expected to show how College Promise programs at community colleges can:

  1. Advance equity and help dismantle systemic racism;
  2. Improve postsecondary outcomes for historically marginalized populations;
  3. Reinforce the capacity of community colleges to provide high-quality post-secondary education and improve the well-being of students and local communities; and
  4. Partner with other organizations to leverage resources and maximize program contributions to ensure long-term sustainability. 

For more details on the funding streams, see the following link:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 197217

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Program Innovations and Redesign: The per-grant maximum for this stream of funding is $300,000 total for up to two years.
- Research on Financial Sustainability: The per-grant maximum for grants in this stream is $200,000 total for up to two years.
- Strategic, Local, and State Implementation Guidance: One- to two-year grants of up to $150,000 will be available for policy, research, and intermediary organizations to provide strategic guidance on implementation.

Term of Contract:

- Program Innovations and Redesign: Up to two years.
- Research on Financial Sustainability: Up to two years.
- Strategic, Local, and State Implementation Guidance: One- to two-year grants

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Stream 1: Concept papers are invited from place-based college promise programs, community college districts, state higher education coordinating boards, systems, or commissions, and other public or nonprofit organizations (501c3 entities). It is unlikely that a single community college program would be awarded a grant, but some exceptions may apply.

Stream 2: Researchers from a range of professional settings (e.g., academic, think tank, community-based organization) are invited to apply for this stream. Applicants that actively engage community colleges as partners are of particular interest.

Stream 3: Applicants representing intermediary networks, think tanks, and advocacy organizations, as well as College Promise researchers at all levels, are invited to apply.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Attend a webinar to hear more about CoPro2.0 and to ask questions from 1-2 p.m. EDT, July 14.

RSVP at the following link:

Pre-Application Information:

To apply, submit a concept paper comprising responses to narrative questions, a project budget, and letters of support from project partners through Kresge’s online grantee portal (Fluxx) no later than 11:59 p.m. (PST) on August 9, 2021.

- Request for Concept Papers released June 30, 2021
- Deadline for questions: July 30, 2021
- Webinar for potential applicants: July 14, 2021
- Concept papers submitted: August 9, 2021
- Invitations sent for full proposals: September 1, 2021
- Full proposals submitted: September 20, 2021
- Funding decisions announced: November 20

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Submit any questions to by July 30 with the subject line CoPro2.0 Concept Paper Submission.

If you experience any problems when creating a Fluxx account, please contact Grants Management at

The Kresge Foundation
3215 W. Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48084
+1 248-643-9630

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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