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Intervention for College Attendance Grants

Increasing the access and success of groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education


The Office of Higher Education administers the Intervention for College Attendance Grant Program to foster postsecondary attendance and retention by providing outreach services to historically underserved students in grades six through 12 and historically underrepresented college students.

Funding Source

The Minnesota Legislature established the Intervention for College Attendance Grant Program (ICAP) in 2001. The 2015 Legislature provided $621,000 each year of the 2016-2017 biennium to support grants.

Request for Proposals

The Minnesota Office of Higher Education is currently accepting proposals for the Intervention for College Attendance Grant Program. In fiscal year 2020 and fiscal year 2021, there is $621,000 available each year to fund initiatives focusing on fostering the educational outcomes and college preparation for students of color, first-generation college students, students from low-income families, and/or English language learners in grades six through 12 and historically underrepresented college students.

The overall objective of this program is to provide targeted, innovative, and culturally-relevant academic resources to students who have been historically underprepared for college attendance in order to prepare them for college and/or a career after high school.

Eligibility: Postsecondary institutions, community organizations, professional organizations, school districts, and other non-governmental organizations located in Minnesota. See Request for Proposals document for further details.


March 1, 2019 Request for Proposals released

March 21, 2019 Technical Assistance Session (in-person)

March 29, 2019 Technical Assistance Webinar (online)

April 5, 2019 Deadline for Intent to Submit Forms

April 26, 2019, 4:30pm Deadline for Proposals

To sign up for the in-person Technical Assistance Session or Technical Assistance Webinar, contact Kelly Gibson (

FY2020 ICAP Request for Proposals

Request for Reviewers

The Minnesota Office of Higher Education is currently seeking community members, content experts, and/or students (over the age of 18) to help review and score proposals for the fiscal year 2020 ICAP competition. Reviewers will have a direct impact on supporting students of color, students from low-income families, first-generation students, and/or English language learners in achieving academic success.

If you are interested in learning more about the review process, please contact Alaina DeSalvo (


Funded projects must focus on increasing high school graduation, college participation and college success rates of students served by grant recipients. The focus of the program has been on continuity of program services.


The 24 continuation grant recipients for the 2018-2019 biennium are:

  • DREAM Project - Daring to Realize Excellence and Academic Motivation, The College of St. Scholastica
  • Maadaadizi (Start a Journey) Program, Saint Paul Public Schools
  • Breakthrough Twin Cities
  • Rice County College Access and Academic Outreach Program, Carleton College
  • Girls Getting Ahead in Leadership (GGAL) Program, Women's Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE), Inc.
  • Learning Connections: Increasing Academic and Transition Skills for Post-Secondary Success, Learning Disabilities Association, Inc.
  • Tackling Obstacles, Raising College Hopes (TORCH), Northfield Public Schools
  • Promoting Academic Success for Underrepresented Students, St. Cloud State University
  • Project ELY (Empowerment through Learning for Youth), Ely Community Resource, Inc.
  • Concordia University's and St. Paul Central High School's AVID and AVID AAMI College Preparation Partnership for Historically Underrepresented College Students
  • An ACT/SAT Course for At-Risk Students, Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Enter University (EU), Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Project Scholar, SouthWest Metro Educational Cooperative
  • Transitioning and Retaining Underserved Students through the Power of YOU, Saint Paul College
  • Bemidji State University Upward Bound/Intervention for College Attendance Project
  • Intensive ACT College Prep Program (ICAPP), Dakota County Technical College
  • Navigate to Graduate, Riverland Community College
  • Native Academy Connections (NAC), MIGIZI Communications, Inc.
  • Black Gems, Minneapolis Urban League
  • MUL Future Work$: An Intervention for College Attendance Program
  • Upward & Onward Part II - Improving College Access for Hispanic/Mexican Students in District 112, Eastern Carver County Schools
  • Pathways Project, Emerge Community Development
  • ASPIRE! College Readiness, Banyan Community
  • Furthering Achievement Through a Network of Success (FANS), Pillsbury United Communities