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Grant Programs for Institutions

THEC is responsible for outreach to institutions via both state and federal grant programs.

TN Reconnect Community Grant Competition

THEC has designed a statewide approach to providing community‐based services for adults with some college, no degree for the purpose of increasing the credential attainment of this population. It is our intent to call for proposals from communities, broadly defined. For the purposes of this grant, a “community” will be defined as a city, county, geographic region or cluster of the previous entities, existing in the State of Tennessee. An “adult” will be defined as those who are in the age range of 25‐64 inclusive, who started a postsecondary credential but did not finish.

Veteran Reconnect Grant

The programs funded through Veteran Reconnect will increase campus services for student veterans and provide veteran-specific resources, such as the expansion of campus veteran centers or professional development for faculty and staff on the specific needs of students with military experience.

TN Promise Forward

The aim of the Tennessee Promise Forward initiative is to support postsecondary retention and completion of Tennessee Promise students through competitive grants to Tennessee community colleges.

Drive to 55 Project Capacity Fund Grant

As a result of the success of the Governor’s Drive to 55 initiative, institutions experienced a need to enhance program and infrastructure capacity in order to meet an increased demand for postsecondary credentials and workforce training. To help institutions increase capacity, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission awarded $24.25 million through a competitive grant process.

Institutional Outcome Improvement Fund Grant Competition

Made possible through two, non-recurring state appropriations of $800,000, the Institutional Outcome Improvement Fund (IOIF) grant competition was designed for institutions to develop action plans and implement strategies to increase metrics identified in Tennessee’s outcomes-based funding formula where they have historically lagged in performance. 

Advise TN

Advise TN is an initiative of the Drive to 55 focused on increasing access to college advising and building a college-going culture in high schools across the state. The program is administered by THEC’s College Access and Success Division. Advise TN will provide services to all juniors and seniors at each of the 30 participating high schools with the intention of helping students enroll in a postsecondary option that fits the interests and needs of the students.

Diversity in Teaching Grants

The Diversity in Teaching Grant (formerly known as the Minority Teacher Education grant program) is a competitive matching grant program that aims to increase the number of qualified teachers from under-represented groups who are committed to diversity as an instructional tool and entering the teaching profession in grades K-12.