This Student Basic Needs Spark Grants funding cycle will be open from August 23 until September 13. Through this cycle, Michelson 20MM seeks to fund organizations and educational institutions in California that are working to help students increase persistence and graduation rates through efforts that help students meet their basic needs. Join us on August 11th to learn more.
We are interested in supporting initiatives that address the following:
-Innovative efforts that help advance systemic solutions to support disproportionately impacted student populations, such as former foster youth; pregnant or parenting; undocumented; veterans; LGBTQIA; and DACA
-Efforts that address implementation challenges for the distribution of emergency student aid funding
-Innovative efforts looking to scale solutions that tackle housing insecurity/homelessness among college students
-Research on effective implementation of student basic needs centers/coordinators within the California Community College system
-Innovative efforts focused on re-enrolling students who stopped out/dropped out during the Covid-19 pandemic due to basic needs challenges
The Spark Grant Program is available to United States–based nonprofits and educational institutions. For this round of funding we have decided to focus our impact on organizations that are doing work in California. Organizations whose work does not impact California will be ineligible for this opportunity.
We will not be funding initiatives that would result in direct assistance to students during this round, such as emergency student aid, laptops and hotspots for remote learning, or food and housing vouchers. While we realize there is a tremendous need among students for direct support, at this time we are leveraging our funding to effect broader systemic change.
To learn more, visit: https://20mm.org/spark-grants/
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