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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Postsecondary Success Intermediaries for Scale

Deadline: March 20, 2019

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is looking for organizations that have a mission focused on increasing student success in education after high school and a track record of working across multiple colleges and universities serving a significant number of low-income students and students of color. Additionally, these organizations must demonstrate commitment and experience in:

  • Reducing college success disparities by race and income
  • Promoting continuous learning and improvement through the use of data
  • Identifying, implementing, and evaluating significant campus-level changes in policy and practice

The Foundation is looking for up to 10 organizations (or networks of organizations) nationwide – intermediaries for scale – that can work intensively with a range of colleges and universities over a multi-year period in four areas:

  • Increasing awareness of successful and promising transformation strategies among campus leaders and communities
  • Informing key campus-level decisions about change options and strategies and supporting decision-makers
  • Supporting transformation by providing guidance and resources for adopting, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining changes in policy and practice
  • Building connections across colleges and universities and other supporting organizations to accelerate and streamline learning and sharing of promising practices

The Foundation defines institutional transformation as colleges and universities building their capacity to dramatically improve student outcomes and eliminate success gaps by race and income. This includes having a student-centered mission, using data to make decisions, creating a collaborative environment, setting goals and being accountable for them, and making a commitment to continuous improvement.

Amount: Up to 10 organizations will receive grants that will cover up to 18 months of “blueprinting” plans for operating at scale; grant amounts will depend on the specific scope of work for each intermediary. Grants will support staffing and related expenses, travel, convening support, and technical and informational resources for a “blueprint stage” where intermediaries will assess and build capacity.

Eligibility: The process is open to all organizations that:

  • Are a U.S.-based entity with a mission that includes increasing student success in education after high school as a primary area of focus
  • Have a track record of working across multiple colleges and universities serving a significant number of low-income students and students of color

Additionally, applicants must demonstrate commitment and experience in:

  • Reducing college success disparities by race and income
  • Promoting continuous learning and improvement through the use of data
  • Identifying, implementing, and evaluating significant campus-level changes in policy and practice

Link: https://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/General-Information/Grant-Opportunities

Note: The Foundation will offer a series of webinars and in-person learning events to provide information and answer questions about this opportunity and the selection process, and to promote networking and collaboration.

Webinar #1: February 13, 2019
Learning Event #1: March 5-7, 2019
Webinar #2: March 12, 2019
Learning Event #2: May 1-2, 2019
Learning Event #3: June 6-7, 2019

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