Competitive Grants

Each competitive grant we make is open to colleges, universities and community-based organizations in up to six states.

Given our history as the U.S. Department of Education's designated guarantor in these states, we have longstanding relationships with educators and other community connections, and an understanding of the challenges their students face. So we tend to know the organizations receiving our grants, and they know us. We find this shared history enables both sides to swiftly get down to work on the specific problems our grants tackle.


Map of highlighted states including Ohio, Arkansas, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota

The 3 Ways We Fund

Competitive grants are just one facet of our education philanthropy, which encompasses a growing number of exploration, validation and scaling grants funding research and large-scale initiatives promoting improved postsecondary education access and success in a growing number of states nationwide.