A Call for Applications from Community-Based Organizations

DUE: Friday, November 12, 2021

How are community-based organizations increasing the number of NC residents getting a high-quality credential or degree after high school, especially for groups with historically lower completion rates?

The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at NC State University is seeking applications from NC community-based organizations that are improving postsecondary (post-high school) educational attainment rates, especially for students from groups with historically lower levels of completion. Those selected will join IEI’s “Educational Attainment” cohort.

Organizations selected for the cohort will benefit from:

  • Increased visibility for an organization’s efforts. We provide a statewide platform for each organization to talk about its work at the February 8, 2022 Emerging Issues Forum, Advancing Together: Enhancing NC’s Workforce Through Educational Attainment”,  in Raleigh. In addition, we will track and communicate each organization’s efforts in this program, capturing lessons learned and inspiring others to scale what works.
  • Free support to strengthen each organization. All cohort members will receive training in storytelling to enhance their ability to effectively communicate their work. Additional support will be tailored to the specific needs of each organization and will take place over a 12- to 24-month period, depending on the time needed to deliver the support.
  • A virtual peer learning network to share with—and learn from—organizations working in communities across the state.

While there is no fee for participating in the cohort, members are asked to cover travel expenses for their organization’s team members to attend the daylong Emerging Issues Forum on Feb. 8, 2022 in Raleigh and a dedicated cohort meeting the following morning. Please note that depending on the evolution of the pandemic, these meetings may become virtual events.

Questions? Contact IEI Assistant Director Pat Cronin at or 919-513-3540.

Applications are due no later than Friday, November 12, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. EDT.