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North Carolina Appalachian Collaborative for Higher Education . Submitting Proposals For 2011-2012 Mini-grants supporting College Access and Student Success Programs. ARC.
Submitting Proposals For 2011-2012 Mini-grants supporting College Access and Student Success Programs
Funding is made available through a generous grant by the Appalachian Regional Commission to provide funding for college access programming.
Increase college awareness and postsecondary enrollment in target counties
Identify and replicate programming that assists North Carolina in meeting strategic educational priorities
Develop and sustain a higher education network that will serve all of western North Carolina
The following is a sampling of activities that may be supported through the mini-grants
Applicants are encouraged to survey existing programs in the school and identify areas that need supplementation, expansion and support
Field Trips - Provide opportunities for student and staff members to visit and observe different post-secondary institutions, businesses, and career settings. Rethinking the current off-campus opportunities to include college visits and career exploration can be considered.
Business Alliance - Organization formed to connect community, area businesses, and corporations to provide seamless communication with schools. This organization is instrumental in creating career and job fairs for students to inform them of careers and post-secondary needs and options.
Monthly Newsletter - Written by students with staff assistance and mailed to each student’s home to notify families of scholarship opportunities, application deadlines, and financial aid support.
Freshman Experience/Student Success/SeniorTransitions course - a course developed to support the successful completion of high school and/or enrollment into college.
Monthly Parent Meetings - Planned and prepared interactive parent meetings providing information about postsecondary enrollment and financial aid.
Video/Resource Library - Created and updated with funds to provide visual prompts for research.
College Fairs - Funds are utilized to transport students to college fairs outside the local district and to establish contact with post-secondary institutions.
Career Fair - This project could include representatives from postsecondary schools, businesses, and corporations to speak to students during an all-day event. Additional ideas might include career exploration on CFNC, opportunities for job shadowing, and extending career exploration through postsecondary visits.
SAT/ACT workshops – Funds are used to encourage students to prepare for these tests
Targeted Tutoring – Funds are used to provide tutoring to increase student capacity for success in postsecondary education
Part I: Application Face Sheet
Part II: Project Abstract
Part III: Program Narrative
Part IV: Budget
Part V: Letters of Commitment
Item 4. Number who are served – ultimately all will be served but you may wish to target specific audiences/services
Contact Information (H.S. Project Coordinator): who is the on-the-ground person running the program
School name, amount of funding requested
Goals of program with specific outcomes
Key Personnel working with project
Itemization of Activities
Commitment to sustainability
What goals and objectives will be accomplished?
How are they related to the goals and objectives of NCACHE?
What is the timeline for accomplishing the services and activities?
Explain how the proposed services and activities of the project are related to the goals and objectives.
What efforts are currently in place to increase college enrollment?
How will the Project collaborate with and enhance other school efforts to increase the college-going rate and meet North Carolina’s strategic educational priorities?
How will the effectiveness of the Project be evaluated?
How will you accurately report the college-going rate for current and future graduating classes? (use information from the Program Assessment Division of www.northcarolina.edu)
How will you collect data on participation in Project activities and evaluate the effectiveness of activities and services? You are expected to report names and birthdates of all graduating students.
How will you develop a plan to continue the project after the grant period is finished?
Who will be involved in developing this plan?
What existing structures are in place that will support the sustainability of the Project?
How will you use grant and matching funds to implement the proposed services and activities?
All expenses must meet the standards of allocable, allowable, and reasonable.
QUESTIONS??? Ask before you spend or you might end up paying the cost yourself.
Include a budget to fulfill Project goals
Eligible to apply up to a maximum of $5,000
50% of total request provided as matching funds (i.e. total request is $5,000; therefore match would be $2,500)
Ways to match: (this is not a complete list)
Percentage of salaries
Supplies and postage
Abilities and percentage of time the high school project coordinator will commit
How the school or county/district will provide the 50% match
Understanding that monthly and annual reports of activities and expenditures are vital components of the program and must be submitted by designated deadlines
Willingness to provide names and birthdays of all graduating students, so NCACHE can measure postsecondary enrollment rates
A statement of why the school or county/district is interested in increasing the college-going rate
Appalachian State University