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Fiscal Year 2024 LCAN Awards


Iowa LCAN Spring Conference

The 2023 LCAN Spring Conference was a great success and we look forward to doing it again in March, 2024. More information about dates and location coming soon! .

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Virtual Presentation Library

Click here to watch the recording of our virtual presentation, "LCAN and Collective Impact in Iowa" from March 2022.

Click here to watch the recordings from the October 14, 2021 LCAN Coordinator Gathering.

Click here to watch the recording of our virtual presentation, Iowa LCAN Year 1 Grant Application Workshop. (Please watch A Framework for the Future, first.)

Click here to watch the recording of our virtual presentation, A Framework for the Future: Raising College Attainment Through Collective Impact.

Iowa College Aid works with communities across the state to address workforce needs and increase educational attainment through the Local College Access Network (LCAN) grant series. Iowa College Aid provides consultation and funding to select Iowa networks, using the Collective Impact framework to increase college attainment at the local and statewide level.

Key Partners

  • Community colleges
  • Area private colleges
  • PK-12 school districts
  • Area education agencies
  • Chambers of commerce
  • Community action agencies
  • Community foundations
  • County or city elected officials
  • Economic development agencies
  • Traditionally underserved communities/populations
  • Faith communities
  • Major employers
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Public libraries
  • Service organizations
  • Workforce development agencies
  • Sector boards








Iowa LCANs

Iowa LCAN locations on map of Iowa

Year I

  • Ignite Pathways Regional Center

Year II

  • Math Pathways to Success

Year III

  • Brother to Brother LCAN (Des Moines)
  • Future Ready Perry LCAN

Supplemental Support


*statewide network


^We did not accept new applications in the spring of 2020, so we do not currently have any Year IV grantees.

LCAN Grant Series

Iowa College Aid offers a four-year series of grants to Iowa communities to build Local College Access Networks using the Collective Impact framework. The LCAN grant series is intended as seed funding for locally driven collaborative measures. Iowa College Aid also welcomes applications from initiatives that are focused on serving a specific population within Iowa. Sustainability of LCANs and their initiatives should be considered beginning in the exploratory phase of the grant process and will be addressed throughout the grant series. View Grants-at-a-Glance 3.0 for a high-level view of what the grant funds; funding amounts and match requirements by year; grant deliverables for each year, and a summary of how each year progresses, building on the previous year.    

For more information on Collective Impact or the LCAN Grant series, please contact Anne Thomas or Megan Sibbel.

LCAN Grant Calendar

Grant Calendar
February LCAN Webinar
March Annual LCAN Conference
April 1 Year I RFP issued for July 1 - June 30 grant cycle
April 15 - May 15 LCAN grant application open on Iowagrants for new and returning LCANs
June 1 - June 30 Award Notifications and Contracts
January 1 Mid-Year Performance Report due
June 30 Last day of grant period/last day to expend current year grant funds
July 30 Final current year claims due. Closeout reports due from Year IV LCANs


Collective Impact Theory and Research Resources Postsecondary Data

Partner Resources

Iowa College Aid LCAN Data