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Ascendium Education Group: Optimizing Delivery Systems for Higher Education in Prison

Deadline: August 1, 2019

Ascendium Education Group’s philanthropy program provides funding to educational providers, researchers, and nonprofit organizations to elevate opportunities and outcomes for learners from low-income backgrounds so they can better achieve postsecondary educational and career success. Grantmaking focuses on increasing equity for low-income populations, especially those in historically underrepresented groups: first-generation students, incarcerated adults, rural community members, students of color, and veterans.

Ascendium seeks to support the development or expansion of high quality prison-based, postsecondary education programs that demonstrate the impact of well-designed systems of delivery to:

  1. Fully support incarcerated learners along a defined educational and re-entry pathway
  2. Increase the program’s student enrollment capacity\
  3. Improve student success outcomes (persistence, credential completion, successful transfer of credits, and/or meaningful employment)

This grant initiative consists of two phases: planning and implementation. The first step begins with a letter of intent (LOI) submission. Selected applicants may be invited to submit a full proposal.

Amount: Up to $150,000 for an initial one-year planning phase. After the planning phase and upon submission of a plan and comprehensive budget, funding of up to $800,000 will be awarded to successful planning sites.

Eligibility: Entities administering prison-based, postsecondary programs, including:

  • Public/private, nonprofit colleges and universities
  • Community and technical colleges
  • State/federal prison systems or local jails
  • Independent 501(c)(3) organizations

Link: https://www.ascendiumphilanthropy.org/community/where-we-fund

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