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

Application period is now closed. Application materials, FAQ, and Program Change information from the latest round are at the bottom of this page.

2014, 2016 & 2018 Awardees:

Grant Awardees

About Community Partner Program Grants

Community Partner Program (CPP) Grant provide two years of financial and technical support to applicants that prepare secondary or postsecondary students for credential completion through intrusive advising, wraparound support, and other support services. CPP grants should support recipients of COSI Matching Student Scholarships whenever possible.

The purpose of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to solicit applications in the CPP Grant category from nonprofit organizations, state agencies, and community partnerships for pre-collegiate and postsecondary student support services to ensure success for Colorado students in postsecondary education and degree attainment. 

Following the rules of COSI created under the authority of 23-3.3-1004, et. seq., C.R.S., grant awards 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.
COSI has issued two rounds of Grants to date. A total of $13.6 million and 59 awards have been given to student-serving programs throughout the state during our 2014 and 2016 grant cycles.

In this third round of grants COSI will be awarding approximately $2.7 million, with a focus on improving alignment with CDE’s goals, CDHE’s master plan (Colorado Rises: Advancing Education and Talent Development), advance programmatic success through measurable metrics, erase equity gaps, and serve COSI scholarship recipients on campuses throughout the state. 

CPP Grants will be awarded in two categories or program models: 
  • Pre-collegiate College and Career Centers that work to increase the enrollment (matriculation) of students in postsecondary education (technical colleges, community colleges, and/or four-year institutions).

  • Postsecondary student support service programs that work to increase student retention and completion rates at the postsecondary level.

Grant Proposal Review Process & Timeline



January 29, 2018

Announcement of grants and Request for Proposals (RFP) published

 February 9, 2018

 Informational webinar 12:00pm


Click here to listen to the recorded webinar.

February 23, 2018

 Letter of Intent (LOI) Due

March 9, 2018

 LOI notification to all submissions

April 6, 2018

 Applications due to Colorado Department of Higher Education

 April 10 – April 24, 2018

Cross Department Team reviews & recommends awardees from applications to COSI Advisory Board

May 10, 2018

Advisory Board votes on awardees

May 18, 2018

 Notification to all applicants

Kate Berg,
Feb 13, 2018, 12:19 PM
Kate Berg,
Jan 29, 2018, 3:06 PM
Shelley Banker,
Dec 21, 2016, 3:06 PM
Kate Berg,
Jan 29, 2018, 3:07 PM