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  Funding Opportunity Details
 -281757-2019 LCAN Implementation Grant Application 12/01/18
  Community Engagement
  Application Deadline: 12/10/2018 4:30 PM
Award Amount Range: $0.00 - $40,000.00
Project Start Date: 01/01/2019
Project End Date: 12/31/2019
Award Announcement Date:
Eligible Applicant: *Available for Siouxland Human Invt. only*. All others will be considered ineligible for the grant
Program Officer: Julie Spicer
Phone: 515-725-3436 x
Categorical Area: Education

Overview and Background

The Iowa College Student Aid Commission (Iowa College Aid) is a state agency with a Governor-appointed Board of Commissioners, and is the only agency in Iowa that works with all sectors of higher education. Our mission is to advocate for and support Iowa students as they explore, finance and complete educational opportunities beyond high school to increase family and community success. We view college access and success as among the most effective and sustainable tools for the State of Iowa in encouraging economic growth and fighting poverty.

Local College Access Networks (LCANs) are a community engagement initiative that stems from our experience implementing Iowa’s statewide career and college information system. We learned that tools and resources have the most value if they are seen as meeting a local need. The buy-in of local decision makers, both internal and external to education, is critical to the success of a collaboration to increase college attainment. Iowa College Aid seeks to build the capacity of college attainment partnerships in communities across Iowa with targeted training and technical assistance, limited flexible funds that yield actionable data and plans, and a statewide network to foster learning and collaboration among communities.

Iowa College Aid believes:

  • Everyone needs education beyond high school in orderto be competitive in today’s job market and sustain one’s self and/or one’s family. Depending onstudent interest, ability, affordability, and community needs, “college" encompasses everything from traditional four-year and graduate degrees to associate’s degreesand sub-associate’s credentials like specialized certificates.
  • Iowa will not meet its skilled worker demands without engaging populations such as adults, low-income and underrepresented students to enroll and complete degrees and credentials.
  • Increased college attainment levels are highly correlated with an increase in positive community indicators like increased income, employment, home ownership, voting, volunteerism, reading levels for children and exercising.
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 Website Links
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URL Description "Channeling Change - Making Collective Impact Work" - Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2012 "Collective Impact" - Stanford Social Innovation Review, Winter 2011 "Embracing Emergence: How Collective Impact Addresses Complexity" - Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2013 Charting the Course: A Community?s Guide for Increasing Educational Attainment through the Lens of Collective Impact
  – The Official Website of the State of Iowa. Dulles Technology Partners Inc.