ACC’s Grant Development & Compliance Department pursues resources that support the college’s mission.
Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Center grant from the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
ACC is one of 10 institutions nationwide selected to serve as a site for a Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Center. TRHT Campus Centers are part of a multi-year initiative to educate, prepare, and inspire the next generation of leaders to break down racial hierarchies. The only Texas institution and only community college on the list, ACC was selected through a competitive process in which institutions submitted plans to create positive narratives about race, identify and examine current realities of race relations in their communities, and pinpoint levers for change.
Department of Education Upward Bound Grants
The Department of Education awarded ACC, in partnership with Austin Independent School District (AISD), two, five-year $1.2 million Upward Bound grants. Upward Bound is a federal program whose goal is to provide year-round, pre-college programming – such as tutoring, counseling, mentoring, financial literacy, and work-study opportunities – to increase underrepresented high school students’ postsecondary enrollment. ACC’s Upward Bound program will serve AISD’s Reagan and Travis Early College High Schools. High school student recruitment and programming for students in grades 9-12 began September 1, 2017.
U.S.D.A. Hispanic Serving Institutions Education Grants Program
ACC received a Hispanic Serving Institutions Education Grant from the USDA (U.S Department of Agriculture – National Institute of Food and Agriculture) to develop an associate of science (AS) degree program in Agriculture and an Associate of Applied Sciences (AAS) degree in Sustainable Agriculture to increase access to Agricultural Sciences careers for underrepresented students in Central Texas.
ACC received a Trellis Foundation Mental Health and Wellbeing grant to fund the
ACC Holistic Health Ecosystem for Marginalized Students (HHEMS). ACC will partner with community organizations to promote existing counseling services, provide holistic health resources, and connect underserved students, particularly uninsured and underinsured BIPOC men, to mental health evaluations to ensure they have access to the wellness tools they need to complete their degree program and access continuous care.
Department of Education Talent Search
ACC received an $1.1 million Department of Education Talent Search grant. The project titled
Rise to Success will serve 500 eligible 6th-12th grade students and adults ages 18-27
who reside within a 9-zip-code target area in inner-city East Austin. The project will
provide comprehensive services to students including tutoring and prescribed tutoring
plans; academic and college readiness instruction; a full-time director and two full-time
advisors for advice and assistance with course selection, continuous monitoring of
academic progress, assistance in re-entering high school/charter schools/GED
programs and help with college admissions; college entrance exam preparation;
assistance with financial aid, college admissions and scholarship applications;
education in financial aid/financial literacy; mentoring; career exploration; field
trips/college campus visits/cultural trips; and educational workshops for participants and
their families that cover financial aid/literacy and how to access higher education.
Department of Education Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS)
The Department of Education Awarded ACC an $4,000,000 Child Care Access Means
Parents in School (CCAMPIS) grant. The program titled, Austin Community College Child Care
Access Means Parents in School (ACCAMPIS), will increase the number of scheduled on-
campus child care spaces by ~14%, and add 3 free “drop-in” spaces each evening classes are
meet. On-campus day and evening care will be provided at ACC’s NAEYC-accredited
Children’s Lab School. The project will also provide childcare scholarships to 30 ACCAMPIS
participants to support their purchase of high-quality full- or part-time child care in their
neighborhoods, near ACC’s campuses, or near their work. Additionally, it will provide
participants with access to a comprehensive range of robust wrap-around services delivered by
master’s level Student Advocates, including assistance finding and contracting for accessible,
affordable childcare. The project integrates an innovative sliding scale fee that requires student
parents to pay only 2% of their incomes for the on-campus day program and to community-