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The mission of the First Opportunity Partners (FOP) Grant Program is to provide matching grants to CIC State Councils in support of new, collaborative, and innovative approaches to increasing college access and success of first-generation, low-income, minority, and new American students. Grants must be matched (1:1 minimum) by third parties.

The grant program is generously funded by a Diversity Program grant from the UPS Foundation.


​Since the inception of the program, more than $1.51 million has been distributed to fund 48 grant programs. Reported matching funds total approximately $1.93 million, which brings the total economic impact of these grant programs to more than $3.44 million. Additionally, ongoing local support for projects seeded by this program far exceeds the total reported match.


​Only CIC State Councils are eligible to apply for First Opportunity Partners funding. State Councils that have not been awarded an FOP grant for the 2020-2021 fiscal year may apply for round two.