ECMC Foundation: Grants for College Readiness

OVERVIEW: The ECMC Foundation broadly funds organizations and initiatives that seek to prepare students from underserved and marginalized backgrounds for college and completion of their degree programs.

IP TAKE: ECMC’s college grantmaking is fairly diverse. The foundation supports nonprofit organizations and academic institutions of all sizes.

PROFILE: Based in Los Angeles, California, the ECMC Foundation is a sizable organization with current assets totaling over $350 million. An affiliate of the ECMC group, a nonprofit organization that seeks to help students succeed, the foundation boasts a similar mission, which aims to “inspire and facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes—especially among underserved populations—through evidence-based innovation.” The foundation invests in College Success, Career Readiness, and Teacher & Leader Development.

ECMC’s College Success program seeks “increase the number of students from traditionally underserved backgrounds who persist through and graduate from an institution of higher education with a four-year degree.” The foundation supports projects and programs that work to improve “students' transition to and through college,” support “on-time transfer from two-year to four-year institutions,” and develop “existing networks that cultivate institutional knowledge and reform in leadership, practitioner and cultural practice.”

Grant amounts range from $25,000 to $300,000. For a broader sense of the kind of work ECMC supports, explore its Grantee Partners database. Past grantees include Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Los Angeles’s College Preparation Access Completion Program and the College Crusade of Rhode Island.

Applications are by invitation only, but the foundation accepts Letters of Inquiry on a rolling basis through its online portal.


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