Connect for Success Initiative: Expanding Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Supports for Community College Students

IWPR is Now Accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOI) for Future Grants for Understanding Sexual and Reproductive Health Services and Supports for Community College Students.

Key Dates

January 26, 2024 Letter of Inquiry due
February 23, 2024 Request for full proposals sent to invited applicants
March 22, 2024 Full proposals due
April 2024 Decisions finalized and awardees notified
July 2024 In-person grantee kick-off convening in Washington, DC
July 1, 2024-June 30, 2026 Grant period

About the Grantmaking Program

The purpose of the Connect for Success grantmaking program is to engage with existing community college sexual and reproductive health programs and efforts in order to understand how community colleges meet the care needs of their student population, what SRH supports exist on and off campus, and how partnerships and connections are fostered to provide access to these services and supports. Grantees will engage with the initiative by:

  • Providing access to data and staff to understand how the program works, who is being served, and how they are impacted
  • Being in regular contact with CSI staff to share insights and lessons learned in real time
  • Participating in the learning community through in-person meetings and online community
  • Being a part of this grantmaking program will require grantees’ staff time, resources, and the ability to engage with the program on a regular basis for the duration of the two-year grant period. The grant funding is intended to cover the costs associated with this engagement, including travel for up to three in-person meetings. We do not expect grantees to initiate new or expand programs as a result of the grant funding.
  • Grant amounts will range from $25,000-$75,000 for the two-year period. Amounts will be determined based on the complexity and amount of engagement and data-sharing that will be expected from the grantee.

Goals and Objectives

The goal of Connect for Success is to increase community college students’ access to high-quality, comprehensive sexual and reproductive care, information, and resources, and improve their ability to manage their reproductive lives and succeed in college.

IWPR intends to achieve these goals through the following objectives:

  • Develop a toolkit of effective SRH services and programs in community college settings that can be a catalyst for starting new and/or expanding existing programs.
  • Increase and strengthen partnerships across the community college and SRH sectors.
  • Build will among policymakers, community college staff and faculty, administrators, and health and community stakeholders for integrating SRH services into student supports and increase their understanding of promising strategies for doing so.
  • Encourage, inspire, and inform new interest and investment from community college leaders, philanthropists, and policymakers in supporting SRH access as a lever for improving community college student educational and economic outcomes.

To be added to our stakeholder list or for more information, contact Martinique Free at free@iwpr.org.