NCAN Member Advocacy Grant Request for Proposals
The National College Access Network is pleased to launch this opportunity for our members to expand their capacity for advocacy work focused on higher education policy. The impact of decisions at both the federal level and state levels impact students’ ability to access, pay for, and succeed in college. The students our members serve, their stories, and the data cataloguing their successes are all powerful tools in influencing policymakers’ decisions to support the best possible outcomes for students who are low-income, first in their family to go to college, or of color. NCAN members and their students are perfectly positioned to advocate for stronger policies to support affordable college going and completion.

The goal of this grant competition is to support college access programs from across NCAN’s membership to increase their preparedness and capacity to do advocacy work as both part of a coalition and independently. Ideal candidates for this grant are prepared to work on issues that impact all of NCAN’s target populations state- or nationwide. Interested members should be familiar with NCAN’s policy goals, available at www.collegeaccess.org/policy.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to expand their organizational capacity for policy and advocacy work while also participating in trainings, issues education, and networking among a group of like-minded peer organizations. This grant will provide successful applicants up to $40,000 over an approximately two year period. Funds may be used for salary and benefit support and travel requirements as well as other activities such as consulting, events, publications, and communications. Funds may not be used for lobbying activities.

Grants will be awarded in two categories: federal advocacy and state advocacy. Eligible member organizations may submit applications for a federal grant, a state grant, or both.

RFP Information Webinar: Thursday, Sept 28th, 2017 at 3 p.m. EDT.
Webinar registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1984037231708342018

Applications due at 5:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, October 20th.

Applicants will be notified in mid-November. Grant recipients will develop individualized grant agreements through the end of 2017.

Grant start date: December 1, 2017.

Grant end date: September 30, 2019.

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Eligible Applicants
Organizations that apply for the NCAN Member Advocacy Grant must meet the following requirements in order to have their applications reviewed. The organization must:

-Be an NCAN member in good standing;

-Provide direct service to low-income students, students of color, or students who are first in their family to go to college OR be a network of such direct service providers;

-Be a non-profit organization or program of a non-profit entity;

-Have the staff capacity to participate in all grantee commitments below; and

-Be, as an organization, fully committed to supporting advocacy capacity growth and activities

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