Did you know your chamber of commerce may be eligible to receive a one-time $40,000 award to increase post-secondary attainment in your region?
ACCE’s Education Attainment Division, in partnership with Lumina Foundation, is recognizing chambers that are strongly committed to growing the number of people in their communities with post-secondary degrees and other high quality credentials!
About the Lumina Education Attainment Award
Last year, ACCE embraced the Lumina Foundation's Goal 2025, a national effort to increase the percentage of Americans with high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025. Working in partnership with Lumina, ACCE’s Education Attainment Division launched the awards program to accelerate chambers’ education attainment and workforce development work by providing funding, technical and planning assistance, and access to a powerful network of national thought-leadership organizations. Qualifying chambers must have demonstrated momentum in setting sustainable education attainment agendas and established goals to increase the percentage of high-quality credentials held by area residents.
Check out what past award recipients are doing in their communities here.
- Applicants must demonstrate a history of engagement and a related body of work related to higher education attainment. ***Please note that this award is not intended for start-up efforts.
- For this one-time award, applicants must address how they plan to sustain their post-secondary attainment efforts after the award period ends.
- Factors that strengthen a chamber’s application, include: established benchmarks to measure success and track progress to meeting post-secondary education goals; defined commitment to education attainment, and specifically post-secondary, in the chamber's strategic plan; and involvement in community partnerships related to post-secondary attainment.
- Chambers with executives participating in the 2015-2016 Fellowship for Education Attainment are ineligible for this year's Education Attainment Award.
- Qualifying chambers must be an established organization within the U.S.
How to Apply
- To apply, applicants must complete: 1) the Education Attainment Division’s Self-Assessment outlining its community's educational strengths and opportunities for improvement; and 2) the Lumina Education Attainment Award application.
- Chambers receiving a Lumina Education Attainment Award will be required to report how the funds were spent, what results were achieved, and how the chamber plans to sustain those results.
- Award recipients will be expected to broaden their engagement within the issue of post-secondary attainment by serving as a peer mentors, presenting at meetings and on webinars, and serving as advisors to the ongoing activities of ACCE's Education Attainment Division.
- The assessment and the award application must be completed and submitted by Friday, May 22nd by 5 pm (EST).
- Finalists will be announced on or around July 1st.
Questions? Please contact by email Analidia Ruiz at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 213.580.7551.