Strengthening relationships that serve as a safety net (family & friends) and alliances that expand opportunities for growth

The Challenge

Social networks may be smaller or weaker for low-income individuals because they lack family or other social connections to institutions, such as higher education, that are critical for upward mobility. In addition they may also have fewer connections to high-status individuals or institutions that can help provide valuable opportunities.

– The Role of Social Capital in Supporting Economic Mobility, US Dept. of Health & Human Services

For individuals, social capital is important because it is a source of power and influence that helps people to “get by” and “get ahead.” The adage: “It’s not just what you know, but who you know” relates to the powerful effects and importance of social capital.

– The Institute for Social Capital 

the pathway to reaching their potential

Social Stability & Growth Application Available Spring 2023

The Grant Purpose Statement can be found here. Specific dates and deadlines will be released in the coming weeks. Check back here or on the Pathway Grants page for the most up-to-date information.

Information Session & Office Hours Spring 2023

For each Pathway Grant opportunity, an information session is held far in advance of the application deadline to help applicants best understand the purpose of the grant, the outcome or goal the grant seeks to achieve, and how to best prepare an application. In addition, “office hours” are often held in the weeks before the application deadline to field questions regarding the application, process, or evaluative measures. A registration link and additional information will be posted here and on the Pathway Grants page.


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