IMPACT Grant Initiative
Improving Mississippi's Persistence and Completion Together
The Woodward Hines Education Foundation (WHEF) is a 501(c)3 organization committed to helping more Mississippians obtain the postsecondary degree, certification, or credential that will allow them to improve their qualities of life. While we actively acknowledge and appreciate the rich history, culture and promise of our state, the stark reality is that 30% of our children live in poverty. Our commitment to postsecondary education is rooted in research shows that a bachelor degree can shift a family from cyclical poverty to living wage work opportunities for generations.
In spring and summer 2019, WHEF began seeking intentional feedback from Mississippi’s higher education community through our University Success Program Scan research project. Those conversations shed light on the tremendous challenges faced by Mississippi's public university system to increase degree production, with fewer financial resources.
In service to the work of Mississippi's colleges to increase retention, persistence, and college completion, WHEF is pleased to announce the Improving Mississippi’s Persistence and Completion Together (IMPACT) grant initiative. IMPACT is a multi-year, competitive grant opportunity to provide support to Mississippi's public universities in their pursuit of improved student outcomes.
The purpose of IMPACT is to create a state-specific, facilitated community of practice for the exchange of findings, insights and ideas, as well as providing coordinated access to high-quality professional development opportunities for institutional faculty/staff, innovations in institutional data collection/usage and providing platforms for peer learning.
We are interested in partnering with higher education institutions that demonstrate a leadership commitment to producing equitable, innovative solutions for challenges to student success along the postsecondary pipeline. WHEF is seeking proposals from Mississippi public universities that provide data-informed solutions aimed at improving student outcomes for populations traditionally underrepresented in higher education.
We aim to support projects that create a collaborative learning environment and strengthen institutional capacity, in an effort to replicate and scale best practices amongst peers for systemic impact. To achieve these goals, WHEF is offering one of the following multi-year opportunities to eligible organizations:
• Innovation grants – up to $50,000 per year – for new and small-scale student success projects (or a new addition to an existing program) within institutions. Innovation grants allow universities to pilot best practices or establish baseline data for future expansion.
• Verification grants - up to $75,000 per year – for existing projects that have been piloted on a small scale and demonstrated measurable impact. Verification grants allow the underlying assumptions and outcomes to be tested in a multi-year framework on larger segments or different at-risk student populations.
• Institutionalization grants – up to $100,000 per year – for proven projects and practices that have demonstrated meaningful impact upon underrepresented populations and can be scaled across the institution.
Who is Eligible to Apply
All institutions governed by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning are eligible to apply.
IMPACT Grant Key Dates
Release of RFP application: November 14, 2019
RFP informational webinar: December 4, 2019
RFP application due date: January 31, 2020
Decision announcements: April 2020
IMPACT Convenings: Summer 2021, 2023, and 2025
Download the RFP
RFP Application Code: IMPACT
Recording of IMPACT Webinar Presentation
This is a recording of the informational webinar for Woodward Hines Education Foundation’s IMPACT grant opportunity that took place on December 4, 2019.
Download the Powerpoint from the Webinar
For more information about eligibility or project alignment, please contact WHEF Program Officer Shanell Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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