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America’s Promise Alliance: GradNation Acceleration Grant

Deadline: November 8, 2017

America’s Promise Alliance seeks to support local efforts poised to impact high school completion and the national graduation rate. Overall, proposals should describe a state- or community-level effort that demonstrates: (1) an understanding of school-level and community-level graduation rates and related data; (2) a collaborative relationship with high school(s) and/or the district; and (3) a commitment to meet the needs of students most at-risk of not graduating: low-income students, Black and Hispanic/Latino students, students with disabilities, English-language learners, and those served by low-graduation rate high schools. The GradNation Acceleration Grant program goals include:

  • Accelerate graduation rate progress through the GradNation Action Platform
  • Accelerate progress in priority states

The GradNation Action Platform was developed to serve as a framework for the type of work a community must do to graduate from high school – a key milestone to ensure a young person’s economic opportunity and life success. Proposals must directly relate to one or more of the GradNation Action Platform areas. For more information on the GradNation Action Platform see: http://gradnation.americaspromise.org/action-platform.

Amount: Dependent on type as follows:

  • Two state organizations will receive awards of up to $125,000 per year for up to two years
  • Three community organizations will receive awards of up to $50,000 per year for up to two years

Eligibility: State organizations and community organizations that are in one of the following ten states: California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington. State and community organizations are detailed further below:

  • State organizations include a state-level government agency, statewide nonprofit, or statewide community-based organization, including existing coalitions or association/membership groups in one of the ten priority states. Each applicant must be able to demonstrate its role as a “statewide convener” with the ability to facilitate cross-sector collaboration and leverage key state assets to support policies and programs consistent with the GradNation Action Platform.
  • Community organizations include a local nonprofit or community-based organization, including existing coalitions and association/membership groups that primarily serve a neighborhood, city, county, or community in one of the ten priority states. Local government agencies (e.g., local educational agencies) and educational foundations may apply. Each applicant must be able to demonstrate its role as a “local convener” with the ability to facilitate cross-sector collaboration and leverage key local assets to support policies and programs consistent with the GradNation Action Platform.

Link: http://gradnation.americaspromise.org/action-platform/funding-opportunity

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