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Maryland College Access Challenge Grant

The federally funded College Access Challenge Grant Program (CACG) is authorized under The Higher Education Opportunity Act (Public Law 110-315) which was enacted on August 14, 2008 to reauthorize and extend the Higher Education Act of 1965. The enabling statute is found in Title VII, Sec. 801, Part E (20 U.S.C. 1133 et seq.). The CACG is designed to foster partnerships among federal, state, and local government entities and philanthropic organizations through matching challenge grants that are aimed at increasing the number of low income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. State award amounts are based on a formula that considers the relative number of persons between the ages of 5 and 17 and 15 and 44 living below the poverty line within the state. Governor Martin O’Malley has designated the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) as the administering agency for the grant program in Maryland.  For 2015, Maryland received $1,392,000 and with its partners provided matching funds in the amount of $696,000.  

MHEC has designated a portion of the funds to support a competitive sub grant, the Maryland College Access Challenge Grant (MCACG) – Higher Education Student Persistence Program. Higher Education institutions, or partnerships between a lead higher education institution and non-profits, are encouraged to apply for funds to support evidence-based services and activities. Evidence-based services and activities should be designed to support college completion and persistence of low income, underrepresented and/or at-risk students enrolled in Maryland higher education institutions. The target student populations are low income students and may include traditional aged students, adult learners, minorities, first-generation, ESOL, and other underrepresented and/or at-risk student groups.

The Maryland Higher Education Commission is continuing successful partnerships with College Goal Maryland (www.collegegoalsundaymd.org/index.htm), Maryland Department of Disabilities(www.mdod.maryland.gov), Maryland Public Television (www.mpt.org), and Maryland State Department of Education (www.marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE).

Eligibility: An accredited Maryland public or independent two- or four-year institution of higher education.  Partnerships between a lead higher education institution and a non-profit organization are welcome.

Project Period: March 13, 2015 – April 13, 2016

Award Range: The maximum award amount is $90,000 per institution.      

Application Due Date:   January 28, 2015
Send application to:
Beneť Edwards
Outreach and Grants Management
Maryland Higher Education Commission
6 N. Liberty Street, 10th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201

If inclement weather has caused the applicant institution or the Maryland Higher Education Commission to close business early that day, the proposal will be due by 4:00 p.m. of the next full business day for both the Commission and the applicant institution.

                                   FY 2010-2012 CACG One Page Brochure

MCACG Higher Education Student Persistence Program RFP--Round 5
2015 Request for Proposal (DOC)
2015 Request for Proposal (PDF)
Application Budget Summary (XLS)
Application Budget Summary (PDF)

MCACG Higher Education Student Persistence Program RFP--Round 4
2014 Request for Proposal (DOC)
2014 Request for Proposal (PDF)
Interim Report Form (DOC)
Interim Report Form (PDF)
Interim Budget Summary (XLS)
Interim Budget Summary (PDF)
Final Budget Summary (XLS)
Final Budget Summary (PDF)
Application Budget Summary (XLS)
Application Budget Summary (PDF)
FY 2014 MCACG Abstracts (DOC)
FY 2014 MCACG Abstracts(PDF)

MCACGP Higher Education Student Persistence Program RFA--Round 3
2013 Request for Application (DOC)
2013 Request for Application (PDF)
Interim Report Form (DOC)
Interim Report Form (PDF)
Interim Budget Summary (XLS)
Interim Budget Summary (PDF)
Final Budget Summary (XLS)
Final Budget Summary (PDF)
Application Budget Summary (XLS)
Application Budget Summary (PDF)
FY 2013 MCACGP Abstracts (DOC)
FY 2013 MCACGP Abstracts
(PDF)

MCACGP Higher Education Student Persistence Program RFA
2012 Request for Application (DOC)
2012 Request for Application (PDF)
FY 2012 MCACGP Abstracts (PDF)

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