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Intervention for College Attendance Grants

Increasing access to postsecondary attainment and the support 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 2023 Legislature allocated $1,350,240 per year in fiscal year 2024 and 2025. These funds are to be granted out to 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 ICAP Request for Proposals (RFP) has launched! This competition will determine the grant recipients for academic years 2024 and 2025. The Minnesota Office of Higher Education welcomes all eligible applicants to apply. Eligible applicants include the following organizations that serve the target student demographic: 

  • Public and private postsecondary institutions
  • Local Educational Agencies (LEAs)
  • School districts
  • Middle/high schools 
  • Nonprofit organizations 
  • Professional associations 

Our RFP deadline has been extended! Proposals are now due by 4:30pm July 30, 2023. 

To access the RFP, visit the Minnesota Office of Higher Education's Grants Portal.  

All questions should be submitted in writing to

Fiscal Year 2022 - 2023 Grant Recipients

The grant recipients for the 2022-2023 biennium are:

  • Banyan Community
  • Breakthrough Twin Cities
  • Comunidades Latinas Undias en Servico
  • Faribault Public Schools
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Womens Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE) LLC
  • American Indian OIC
  • Dakota County Technical College
  • Hmong American Partnership
  • Breakthrough @ the Blake School
  • South Central College
  • Southwest Metro Intermediate Area District
  • Hamline University
  • Minneapolis Urban League
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities
  • Unidos MN
  • Austin Aspires
  • AchieveMpls

The American Rescue Plan provided supplemental funding to ICAP to help mitigate learning loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These grantees are: 

  • Bemidji State University
  • Carleton College
  • Eastern Carver County Schools
  • Literacy for Freedom
  • Northfield TORCH
  • Pillsbury United Communities
  • Relentless Academy
  • Saint Paul College
  • St. Thomas University - the Dougherty School
  • YMCA of the North