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Our Newest Grants and Investments

An Announcement from Lynn Alvarez, Vice President, Programs and Strategy

June 06, 2023

As part of our commitment to improving higher education for career success among underserved populations through evidence-based innovation, ECMC Foundation is proud to announce a new series of grants and investments made from March 23 to May 23, 2023. This round of recently approved grants and investments aims to promote work-based learning, spur professional and leadership development, and deploy innovative funding in line with our strategic framework. The total funding is $4,850,002.

A selection of grants and investments made are detailed below. For a full list of the Foundation’s active and inactive grants, please visit ECMC Foundation’s website at

Alabama Possible ($500,000) to support the newly established Predominantly Black Community College/Historically Black Community College (PBCC/HBCC) Network in impacting policies and practices that advance student success outcomes in Alabama.

Postsecondary National Policy Institute ($200,002) to develop and promote the Congressional and State Higher Education Explorer data tool, which will provide key postsecondary data points for congressional and state-level stakeholders.

SeaChange Capital Partners ($1,500,000) to continue the Transformational Partnerships Fund, which provides postsecondary leaders with opportunities to explore and form long-term strategic partnerships that enhance their institutions’ abilities to provide materially better outcomes for their students.

The ASME Foundation, Inc. ($800,000) to expand the Accelerating Engineering Pathways for CTE Students in a COVID-Changed World program to 15 new community colleges (including five minority-serving institutions) and help implement and evaluate STEM-focused work-based learning programs and professional networks for underserved student demographics.

University of California, Davis ($600,000) to establish the Advancing Leaders Institute (ALI), a cohort of equity-focused California community college leaders who are more representative of the populations of students they serve.

Women Employed ($750,000) to help 10 Illinois community colleges scale developmental education reform models with aligned racial equity plans to improve postsecondary outcomes for students.

Education Innovation Ventures

Pursuit Transformation Benefit Corporation, Inc. ($500,000) to train, place and support low-income individuals in high-quality tech careers through the Pursuit Commit Apprenticeship Program, which will expand its employer-led apprenticeship model throughout the New York region.

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