New $3.6 Million Funding Opportunity to Support Collaborations between Achieving the Dream Network Colleges and Human Services Nonprofits

Silver Spring, MD (June 24, 2019) – The Kresge Foundation announced a $3.6 million funding opportunity to strengthen partnerships between community colleges and human services nonprofits that connect people with low incomes in cities to critical human service supports and educational pathways that advance social and economic mobility.

The initiative, Boosting Opportunities for Social and Economic Mobility for Families (BOOST), builds on Kresge’s commitment to strengthen urban higher education ecosystems and work across teams to accelerate social and economic mobility using a racial equity lens. Through BOOST, Kresge will award up to eight three-year grants of up to $450,000 each to qualifying partnerships between community colleges active in the Achieving the Dream Network and human services nonprofits.

“We are gratified that Kresge recognizes our network is filled with colleges eager to move into the next phase of their completion work,” stated Dr. Karen A. Stout, Achieving the Dream president and CEO. “This opportunity underscores our colleges’ strong data capacity and commitment to equity and connects directly to our focus on holistic student supports, where cultivating strong partnerships with community providers is an important strategy for our campuses.”

“By bringing human services nonprofits that use strong two-generation, whole family approaches together with community colleges, we can eliminate the barriers that limit access to higher education and create career pathways that move families up the social and economic ladder,” Dr. Raquel Hatter, Kresge Human Services Program managing director, said. “We are excited to be working with our partners in the community and the education team at the foundation to advance our shared vision of success for families.”

To be eligible, community colleges must active members of the Achieving the Dream Network, and partnerships must include at least one nonprofit human services organization. Completed applications are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on July 26, 2019. Full applications can be downloaded from the Kresge Foundation website under current funding opportunities.


Achieving the Dream (ATD) leads a growing network of more than 277 community colleges committed to helping their students, particularly low-income students and students of color, achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth, and economic opportunity. ATD is making progress in closing equity gaps and accelerating student success through a unique change process that builds each college’s institutional capacities in seven essential areas. ATD, along with nearly 75 experienced coaches and advisors, works closely with Network colleges in 44 states and the District of Columbia to reach more than 4 million community college students. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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