Helping eligible institutions explore student-centered partnerships

The Transformational Partnerships Fund supports colleges and universities interested in exploring partnerships and collaborations that could fundamentally transform the way they operate — centering students in solutions that deliver stability and success.

Catalytic grants (up to $100,000 per exploration) can be used to engage third-party technical assistance providers knowledgeable in law, finance, governance, fundraising, human resources, and other related fields. These grants may support the exploration of partnerships in many forms — ranging from shared administrative services or consolidated academic offerings on one end of the spectrum, to full mergers on the other.

Criteria

Partnership explorations supported by TPF typically involve two or more degree-granting institutions of higher education. These can include private nonprofit colleges, public universities or systems, community colleges, and (in exceptional situations) for-profit institutions.

TPF will prioritize partnerships based on the following criteria:

TPF’s grants support the out-of-pocket, one-time, external costs of exploring of new partnerships; they are not available for internal costs other than in exceptional circumstances.

TFP will not consider grants to single institutions, to support the implementation of partnerships where the decision to proceed has already been made, or to support ongoing programs even if they involve two or more institutions.

TPF only supports partnerships involving at least one institution serving undergraduates.

TPF does not support partnerships involving only faith-serving (in contrast to faith-based) institutions.

More information regarding grant eligibility is available under Frequent Questions.

Ready to inquire about grants?

Grant applications will be considered on a rolling-basis. Institutions interested in applying for a grant can start the application process or contact us for more information.

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“Over the coming decade, higher education will go through profound changes. Boards must be open to considering various types of partnerships as a way for the institutions they govern to best advance their educational missions and serve students.”

—Larry Penley
Chair, Arizona Board of Regents

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