Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: Future of Higher Learning in Prison – Aug 21

Posted by Philanthropy News Digest on August 4, 2020

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has issued an RFP for its Future of Higher Learning in Prison program.

Through the program, grants will be awarded to prison education providers and organizations working, in this moment of pandemic-generated crisis and national reckoning, to expand or stretch on questions of race and justice — and beyond. The foundation seeks proposals from organizations that are imagining and implementing visionary educational practices; interrogating linkages between education and liberation; and placing the humanities at the center of their work.

The program is open to prison-education programs that confer university or college credit toward degree-granting programs and organizations whose mission includes the analysis and support of higher education in prison. Direct support will be awarded both to providers of college-in-prison programs and to those affiliated with or providing research, curricular, or other support to such programs, possibly including transfer pathway support, career advising, and general counseling support for those leaving incarceration and matriculating to another college or university. Transferrable credit-granting programs are also eligible. Proposals that include opportunities to support the continuum of education post-release will also be considered.

Grants will range from between $250,000 to $1 million over two years.

The registration deadline is August 21, with initial applications due August 28. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a final proposal by November 4, 2020.

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