In order to address attainment, we need to increase and improve promising strategies aimed at supporting Colorado students in the completion of postsecondary certificate and degree programs.
Community Partner Program Grants

Community Partner Program (CPP) Grant provides 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

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

2018 Community Partner Programs

 Pre-Collegiate        Postsecondary Pre-Collegiate & Postsecondary 
  • Aurora Public Schools Foundation $75,000
  • Arapahoe Community College Foundation $75,000
  • Colorado Education Initiative $75,000
  • Colorado Mesa University Foundation $110,000
  • Delta County School District 50J $75,000
  • Grand County Higher Education $75,000
  • INSPiRE $75,000
  • Morgan Community College $75,000
  • Poudre School District $75,000
  • Success Foundation- Greeley Central $75,000
  • True North Youth Program $80,000
  • Colorado State University- Ft. Collins $75,000
  • Community College of Aurora Foundation $75,000
  • Denver Scholarship Foundation (serving Auraria institutions) $525,000
  • Front Range Community College Foundation $75,000
  • Pikes Peak Community College Foundation $210,000
  • Pueblo Community College $300,000
  • University of Colorado Foundation, UCCS $75,000
  • Adams State University Foundation $165,000
  • Colorado Mountain College Foundation (Postsecondary) $75,000
  • Colorado Mountain College Foundation (Pre-Collegiate) $225,000
  • Colorado Northwestern Community College $75,000
  • Colorado State University- Pueblo $100,000
  • Lamar Community College Foundation $80,000
  • Morgan Community College Foundation $80,000
  • Northeastern Junior College $95,000
  • Red Rocks Community College Foundation $75,000
  • Trinidad State Junior College $65,000