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Strada Education Network

Grant Program: Phase 2 – Beyond Completion Challenge

Geographic Area Targeted


Search Process Keywords


Higher Education Challenges


Link to Funding Announcement

Application Due Date

September 1, 2022

Grant Award Range

Up to $1.5 million over a three-year grant cycle

Expected Number of Awards


Eligible Applicants

Community Colleges and Universities that are members of the Taskforce on Higher Education and Opportunity.

(Editor’s recommendation: Join ASAP or partner with a member to apply for this funding)

Overview of Funding

The Strada Education Network has announced the second phase of its $10 million Beyond Completion Challenge, which was designed to help higher education institutions scale promising efforts to improve long-term outcomes for many more students, especially those who have faced the greatest barriers in education and the workforce.

To conduct the Beyond Completion Challenge, Strada is partnering with the Taskforce on Higher Education and Opportunity, created in the spring of 2020 by three dozen presidents and chancellors representing close to 100 colleges and universities and 2.4 million students to improve higher education to address persistent inequities that the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated.

In Phase 2 of the challenge, grantees may receive up to $1.5 million to scale and evaluate their initiatives over a three-year grant cycle. Strada has committed $6.25 million for Phase 2, with recipients to be announced in early 2023.

The most-aligned Phase 2 proposals will include a commitment to improving economic and social outcomes for students who historically have faced the greatest barriers in education and the workforce; a focus on connections to career and the delivery of measurable economic, social and employment outcomes; an approach to scaling where evidence demonstrates promising outcomes; and a future state where the initiatives can be sustained through institutional or other non-philanthropic support.

To be eligible, applicants must be Taskforce members.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Strada Education Network website.

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