Grant Overview

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has identified that in order to reach our Big Goal of 60 percent of Hoosiers with a quality degree or credential by 2025 we must encourage and empower both traditional and non-traditional students to access and complete a postsecondary credential. There are several key programs in place to address this diverse and often intersecting population: Indiana GEAR UP, Workforce Ready Grant, Adult Student Grant and the 21st Century Scholars program. The goal of the School & Community Partnership Grant is to bring together K-12 schools, postsecondary institutions, employers, and community organizations to plan and implement supportive efforts for students of all ages in completing education and training beyond high school.

The School & Community Partnership Grant is designed to support collaborative efforts focused on four main college and career readiness priorities:

  • 21st Century Scholar Enrollment;
  • 21st Century Scholar – Scholar Success Program (SSP) Completion & Maintaining Academic Eligibility (2.5 GPA)
  • Parent/Adult Student Engagement Programming; and
  • Pre-College/Postsecondary Professional Development (Focused on Indiana’s College Achievement Gap)

Who is eligible?

Capacity building and collaboration are expected for this grant opportunity. Applications must demonstrate a collaboration with at least one or more school, postsecondary institution, employer or community-based organization in the area being served.

How much funding can an applicant receive?

Approximately $70,000 is available for 2018-2019 grants awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applicants are eligible to receive up to $10,000 for the program, event or initiative(s) that are completed. Funds will be disbursed on a reimbursement basis once Scholar enrollment applications have been processed, targeted Scholar Success Program activities are completed in ScholarTrack, and the returning adult program promotion has ended. Grant reimbursement will be based on actual expenses used for the program, event or outreach effort(s) that take place after the award notification and prior to the close of the grant window. A final report and invoice will be due on or before July 19, 2019.

Grant Timeline

January 14, 2019                                               Grant application window opens
February 7, 2019                                               Grant application deadline
February 8, 2019                                               Grant award notification
July 19, 2019                                                       Final grant report and invoice due

Questions regarding the grant application process can be submitted via email to