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Grant Opportunity

Grant Opportunity for States, Systems, Regions and Metro Areas

A competitive grant will be awarded to states, postsecondary systems and regional higher education consortia seeking to advance, consolidate and link core institutional reforms that enable low-income students, students of color and returning adults to succeed in gateway math and English courses and enter academic or career pathways by the end of their first year in community college or a broad-access, four-year institution.

The deadline for submitting an LOI has passed. If you are one of the nine finalists seeking information about the proposal process, please access our frequently asked questions (FAQ) sheet here.

However, if you have questions, please contact us at 303.299.3606 or


Strong Start to Finish is a network of postsecondary leaders and funders committed to ensuring that all students succeed in their first year of college and enter a program of study reflecting their post-graduation professional goals. Strong Start to Finish’s ultimate purpose is to significantly increase the number of students completing degrees, licenses and certificates with labor market value, and doing so in ways that eliminate racial/ethnic and income gaps in achievement.

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Amplifying Progress

Strong Start to Finish grants will be awarded to applicants working aggressively on the "last mile" issues necessary to implement these effective reforms at scale in all their member institutions. Successful applicants will have made significant progress in developmental education and gateway course reform, as well as in strengthening academic and administrative support systems for ensuring all students have a successful first year in college and are on track for the timely completion of an academic or career program.

Eligible geographic areas are California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Washington state and Wisconsin.

States and Regions Eligible for Round One Project Funding


For questions, please contact us at 303.299.3606 or