Charles Stewart Mott Foundation: Grants for College Readiness

OVERVIEW: The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation seeks organizations helping prepare students from low- and moderate-income families for career and postsecondary success.

IP TAKE: Mott does not award grants to college readiness projects that replicate, duplicate, or “significantly overlap” the work of federal, state or local government agencies or programs. Scholarships and fellowships are rarely funded.

PROFILE: Charles Stewart Mott established his family foundation over 90 years ago to serve the city of Flint, Michigan. In 1935, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation began to evolve and Mott, along with local educator Frank Manley, created the community schools in Flint. Doing so opened the doors to the foundation expanding its grantmaking programs with the aim of “Promoting a just, equitable and sustainable society.” The Mott Foundation’s giving priorities include Civil Society, Education, Environment, and the Flint Area.

Mott’s Education program awards grants “[t]o expand learning opportunities and supports for children, particularly those from low- and moderate-income communities.” Its subprogram, Graduating High School College & Career Ready, aims to increase high school graduation rates and better prepare young people for their careers and their post-secondary education. The foundation particularly focuses on students from low-income communities.

Areas of funding interest for this subprogram include advancing effective methods to help middle school and early high school students increase college and career readiness; expanding county or statewide initiatives to increase graduation rates and post-secondary success, and supporting best practices to build capacity for after-school programs focusing on college and career readiness approaches.

Grant amounts typically range from $50,000 to $200,000. Past college readiness grantees include the National League of Cities Institute, which received funding for its Cities Building Bridges to Postsecondary Success programs; and Michigan College Access Network, which received funding for its program to improve postsecondary success outcomes across the state. To learn more about the types of organizations Mott supports and at what level explore its Grants Database.

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry (LOI); however, grantseekers should be aware that unsolicited requests for funding is limited.

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