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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 2019 Legislature allocated $772,120 per year in the 2020 - 2021 biennium to be granted out to eligible nonprofit organizations, postsecondary institutions, school districts, and professional organizations that actively support youth of color, students from low-income families, and students who will be the first in their family to go to college. .

Request for Proposals

The Minnesota Office of Higher Education welcomes all eligible applicants to apply for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 - 2023 funding. If you are interested in being notified when the next Request for Proposals is available, please contact Kelly Gibson(

Fiscal Year 2020 - 2021 Grant Recipients

The 15 grant recipients for the 2020-2021 biennium are:

  • Northfield Public Schools, Tackling Obstacles, Raising College Hopes (TORCH)
  • Banyan Community, Banyan's AdolesCent Education Support (ACES) College Success Program for Middle School, High School, and College Students
  • The College of St. Scholastica, Daring to Realize Excellence and Academic Motivation (DREAM)
  • Bemidji State University, Bemidji State University Upward Bound/Intervention for College Attendance Program
  • Breakthrough Twin Cities, Breakthrough Twin Cities: Students Teaching Students
  • Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servico (CLUES), Latinx Youth Empowerment Program
  • MIGIZI Communications, Inc., Native Academy
  • Riverland Community College, Navigate to Graduate Pathway
  • Faribault Public Schools, Connections: Supporting Faribault Youth to Complete and Compete
  • Saint Paul College, Transitioning and Retaining Underserved Students through the Power of YOU
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato, Mavigators: Helping Underrepresented Students during their First Year of College
  • Womens Initiative for Self-Empowerment, Inc. (WISE), Girls Getting Ahead in Leadership
  • YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, Collegiate Achievers Project
  • Ely Community Resource, Project ELY- Empowerment through Learning for Youth
  • EMERGE Community Development - Education Pathway for Youth