Student support programs work with students to improve access, persistence, and completion of a post-secondary credential.

About Community Partner Program Grants

The purpose of the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative Community Partner Program Grant is to solicit applications from  eligible nonprofit organizations, state entities and community partnerships to increase the availability and accessibility of pre-collegiate and post-secondary student support services and associated programming.

Community Partner Program grants are intended to:
  • Promote existing student success programs supporting students in post-secondary degree and certificate completion.
  • Increase the availability of programs and infrastructure, particularly in rural and underserved communities; and
  • Align student success best practices throughout the state to ensure that all students have access to services in an equitable way.
The Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative issued the first round of Community Partner Program grants in 2014. These two year awards have provided $6.8 million in programmatic support to 28 student serving programs throughout the state.

The second round of funding was made available in 2016 in three categories. These two year awards will provide approximately $6.8 million in programmatic support to 31 student serving programs throughout the state:
  • Collective Impact Initiative grants
    • Three to four awardees will receive grants of $150,000 (+$50,000 required community match) in addition to technical assistance to implement local collective impact projects aimed at closing the attainment gap.

  • New Partner Program grants 
    • New programs seeking assistance are eligible to submit letters of intent (LOI) for a program grant.
    • Scholarship Initiative staff will notify applicants if they are eligible to submit a full application.

  • Legacy Partner Program grants
    • 2014 grant recipients are eligible to apply for round 2 funding.
The next round of funding will open in Spring 2018.

Shelley Banker,
Dec 21, 2016, 3:06 PM