Michael and Susan Dell Foundation: Grants for College Readiness

 

OVERVIEW: The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation prioritizes the advancement of children living in urban poverty through its urban education, college success, family economic stability and health and wellness initiatives. 

IP TAKE: The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation's college preparation and completion program supports organizations that help low-income students "prepare for and complete college at rates far beyond national averages."

PROFILE: Based in Austin, Texas, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation was established by Dell Technologies founder and CEO Michael Dell with his wife, Susan, in 1999. The foundation aims "to accelerate opportunity for children living in urban poverty" and works globally toward this end through its urban education, college success, family economic stability and health and wellness initiatives.

Support for college readiness stems from the foundation's college success  program, which runs a college preparation and completion program. The program prioritizes low-income students and supports "providers that help them prepare for and complete college at rates far beyond national averages." One grantee, Blue Engine, supports teams of high school teachers in New York City as they work to "provide a more engaging and rigorous classroom experience that empowers all students to be seen and heard." Another grantee, College Bridge, helps high school students in California prepare for college level mathematics courses and avoid remediation.

Dell Foundation grants range from $285,000 to about $1.5 million and support organizations of all sizes that align closely with the foundation's initiatives. Most funding in the area of college readiness is directed toward organizations operating in the U.S., but the foundation has worked with organizations in India and South Africa. A grants database is available at the foundation's website.

This funder accepts applications for funding through its online system that begins with an eligibility quiz.

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