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Towering Your Success provides grant writing and program evaluation services for the federally funded GEAR UP grants administered by the United States Department of Education for organizations interested in applying for GEAR UP Partnership grants. 

Funding Amount: $3,000,000 - $5,000,000

Program Description 

This discretionary grant program is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. GEAR UP provides six-year or seven years grants to states and partnerships to provide services at high-poverty middle and high schools. GEAR UP grantees serve an entire cohort of students beginning no later than the seventh grade and follow the cohort through high school. GEAR UP funds are also used to provide college scholarships to low-income students.


Types of Projects 

GEAR UP offers state and partnership grants. State grants are competitive six-year matching grants that must include both an early intervention component designed to increase college attendance and success and raise the expectations of low-income students and a scholarship component. Partnership grants are competitive six-year matching grants that must support an early intervention component and may support a scholarship component designed to increase college attendance and success and raise the expectations of low-income students.

Eligibility

Who May Apply (by category):

STATE GRANTS:

(A) consisting of—
(i) one or more local educational agencies; and
(ii) one or more degree granting institutions of higher education; and

 

(B) which may include not less than two other community organizations or entities, such as businesses, professional organizations, State agencies, institutions or agencies sponsoring programs authorized under subpart 4, or other public or private agencies or organizations.

The Governor of a State must designate which State agency applies for, and administers, a State grant under GEAR UP. 20 U.S.C. 1070a-21 to 1070a-28) 

 

 

PARTNERSHIP GRANTS:

(A) consisting of—
(i) one or more local educational agencies; and
(ii) one or more degree granting institutions of higher education; and

(B) which may include not less than two other community organizations or entities, such as businesses, professional organizations, State agencies, institutions or agencies sponsoring programs authorized under subpart 4, or other public or private agencies or organizations.

 

FAQs: https://www2.ed.gov/programs/gearup/faq.html

SOURCE: https://www2.ed.gov/programs/gearup/index.html