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September 22, 2022

Shaping Equitable and Sustainable College Promise Programs: The Kresge Foundation and College Promise host the first annual CoPro2.0 Grantee Convening

CoPro.2.0 is a $2.5 million funding opportunity through which The Kresge Foundation awarded 11 multi-year grants to support College Promise (CP) programs that incorporate equitable, sustainable practices into their design. It also funds additional research into financial sustainability structures and helps local programs implement the Biden-Harris Administration’s free-college program proposal. 

In November 2021, the following organizations were awarded CoPro2.0. The organization name and the title of the grant work are listed:

  • Bipartisan Policy Center: Mitigating State Higher Education Funding Challenges During Recessions
  • Detroit Regional Chamber Foundation: Partnering to Create Student-Ready Institutions for the Detroit Promise
  • Growing Inland Achievement: Beyond Free Tuition: The California Challenge
  • HOPE Toledo: A Two-Generation College Scholarship Program: Scaling Hope Toledo Promise to Reduce Racial Inequities across the City
  • Institute for College Access and Success, Inc.: Strategic, Local, and State Implementation Guidance: To support the Biden-Harris Administration’s proposed national tuition-free community college program
  • Richmond Promise: Changing the Odds: Building Pathways to Equity & Opportunity for Community College Students in Richmond, CA
  • Rise Education Fund: Scaling Up Student Leadership for College Promise Equity & Innovation
  • State Higher Education Executive Officers Association: Developing Strategic, Local, and State Implementation Guidance to Support the Biden-Harris Administration’s Proposed National Tuition-free Community College Program
  • Tennessee College Access and Success Network: Nashville Flex
  • W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research: The Free-College Playbook: Evidence-based Guidance for Policymakers and Practitioners
  • WestEd: Exploring Funding models for Equitable and Sustainable College Promise Programs in California

On Friday, May 13th, 2022, CoPro2.0 grantees met at the beautiful Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C. to discuss early observations, insights, challenges, and pivots in their grant work. Through a series of breakout sessions and prompts, grantees discussed: 

  1. What are some early observations or insights on your grant projects?
  2. Pivots or challenges?
  3. What can you teach or learn from others in the cohort?
  4. What impact has COVID continued to have on your project? 
  5. What do you hope to gain from this experience? 

Read the full policy brief here.

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