Charles Stewart Mott Foundation: Grants for College Readiness

OVERVIEW: The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation invest in civil society, education, the environment and the Flint, Michigan area. It’s education programs seeks to enhance opportunities for students from low- and middle-income communities.

IP TAKE: Mott’s college readiness grants have supported initiatives that improve academic outcomes through school-based, after school and counseling programs. The foundation accepts letters of inquiry at any time through an online portal or via mail.

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 aims to “expand learning opportunities and supports for children, particularly those from low- and moderate-income communities.” Its subprogram, graduating high school college and career ready, aims to increase high school graduation rates and to prepare young people for careers and post-secondary education. Funded projects have included those that that help students increase college and career readiness, increase graduation rates and post-secondary success and support best practices for after-school academic and counseling programs. Past grantees include the National League of Cities Institute, which used funding to support its Cities Building Bridges to Postsecondary Success program, and the Michigan College Access Network, which provides advisement and support to low-income, minority and otherwise underserved students throughout Michigan.

Mott grants generally range from $50,000 to $200,000. The foundation supports organizations in the U.S.; support for international projects is limited. A database of past grantees is available on the foundation website.

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation accepts letters of inquiry through its online inquiry form and via mail. Unsolicited requests are funded on a very limited basis.

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