Local College Access Networks (LCANs)

2023 Iowa LCAN Spring Conference

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FY23 Grant Announcement

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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 LCAN locations on map of Iowa

Year I

  • Math Pathways to Success

Year II

  • Brother to Brother

  • Future Ready Perry

Year IV

Supplemental Support


*statewide network


^We did not accept new applications in the spring of 2020, so we do not currently have any Year III 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 (including the exploratory, pre-application phase); 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.

LCAN Grant Calendar (Adjusted Due to COVID-19)

FY 2023 Grant Calendar
February 24 Collective Impact and LCAN Webinar
March 24 Year I Grant Writing Workshop
April 1 Year I RFP issued for July 1 - June 30 grant cycle
April 15 - May 15 Year I Grant Application open on Iowagrants
April 15 - May 15 Supplemental Support Grant Application open on Iowagrants
May 15 Deliverables updates and FY23 proposed budgets due from returning LCANs
May 15 - May 31 Grant review process
June 1 - June 30 Award Notifications and Contracts
June 30 Final Deliverables due from returning grantees
July 1 Start of FY23 Grant Contract Period
August 30 First monthly claims due
October Iowa LCAN Convening
January 1 Mid-Year Performance Report due
June 30 Last day to expend FY23 grant funds
August 30 FY22 Closeout Reports due from Year IV LCANs; Final claims due from all FY22 LCANs

Collective Impact Theory and Research Resources Postsecondary Data

Partner Resources

Iowa College Aid LCAN Data