Community Partner Program Grants

In order to address attainment, we need to increase and improve promising strategies aimed at supporting Colorado students in the persistence toward, and completion of, postsecondary certificate and degree programs.

In December 2014, the Initiative awarded $6.8 million in program grants. In 2016, the program invested another $800,000 in New Partner Programs in 2016, approximately $2 million in continuing funding for the first round grantees, known as “Legacy Partners”, and $900,000 toward collective impact initiatives across the state. The third iteration of grant funding in 2018 awarded approximately $6.4 million to community partners through a new funding model aimed at improving the alignment of CPP with the CDHE Master Plan goals and CDE goals. The new model works to improve programmatic success through measurable metrics. COSI is now in a cycle of four-year grants starting in July 2020, through an investment of approximately $2.5 million annually.

COSI provides multi-year grants throughout the state to provide funding toward programs that help prepare students for postsecondary education, as well as support them through completion. Annually approximately 20 postsecondary programs and 40 rural high school programs are supported with awards starting at $75,000 to serve 1:150 counselor to student ratio. Approximately 11,000 students are served annually with wrap-around support programming.

Grant Proposal Review Process & Timeline

The CPP funding cycle is now closed. 
 

2020 CPP Grantees

Pre-Collegiate

Pre-collegiate College and Career Centers that work to increase the enrollment of students in postsecondary education (technical colleges, community colleges, and/or four-year institutions).

2020 Grantees (4-year grants)

  • Adams State University Foundation, $250,000
  • Colorado Education Initiative, $250,000
  • Colorado Mesa University Foundation, $225,000
  • Colorado Mountain College Foundation, $300,000
  • Delta School District 50J, $250,000
  • Grand County Higher Education, $200,000
  • Greeley-Weld Urban Enterprise Zone Fund, $220,000
  • Lamar Community College Foundation, $160,000
  • Morgan Community College Foundation, $250,000
  • Northeastern Junior College, $250,000
  • Poudre School District, $300,000
  • Success Foundation, $300,000
  • True North Youth Program, $200,000
  • YouthPower 365, $220,000

 

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Postsecondary

Postsecondary student support service programs that work to increase student retention and completion rates at the postsecondary level. 

2020 Grantees (4-year grants)

  • Adams State University Foundation, $160,000
  • Colorado Mesa University Foundation, $600,000
  • Colorado Mountain College Foundation, $300,000
  • Colorado Northwestern Community College Foundation, $160,000
  • Colorado State University-Ft. Collins, $600,000
  • Colorado State University-Pueblo, $300,000
  • Community College of Aurora, $ 300,000
  • Denver Scholarship Foundation (MSU Denver, UC Denver, & CCD), $1,895,000
  • Front Range Community College Foundation, $400,000
  • Lamar Community College Foundation, $200,000
  • Morgan Community College Foundation, $160,000
  • Northeastern Junior College, $160,000
  • Pikes Peak Community College Foundation, $684,000
  • Pueblo Community College, $400,000
  • Red Rocks Community College Foundation, $300,000
  • University of Colorado Boulder, $300,000
  • Univeristy of Colorado Foundation-UCCS, $230,000
  • University of Northern Colorado Foundation, $400,000
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Displaced Workers

The CPP Displaced Worker grant prioritizes new or re-engaged students who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19. The students served to enroll and complete -- within the grant term (by June 30, 2022) -- a certification or degree program that aligns with Colorado Top Jobs. 

2020 Grantees (2-year grants):

  • Arapahoe Community College Foundation, $150,000
  • Colorado Mesa University Foundation, $150,000
  • Colorado Mountain College Foundation, $150,000
  • Community College of Aurora, $150,000
  • Community College of Denver Foundation, $150,000
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver, $150,000

 

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