College & Community Fellowship
College & Community Fellowship (CCF) was founded in 2000 to provide support for formerly incarcerated women pursuing a college education. CCF was one of the first organizations in the US to focus on higher education as its core reentry strategy. When Pell Grants for incarcerated students were restored in December 2020, CCF amplified its commitment to expanding bridge programs, which support recently released students as they complete degrees in their community or pursue an advanced degree. In April 2021, CCF teamed up with Foundation grantee partners JustLeadershipUSA and the Bard Prison Initiative to launch the Bard Microcollege for Just Community Leadership, the nation’s first tuition-free college dedicated to advocacy, arts and sciences. The women enrolled at the Microcollege in Harlem will have access to CCF’s full range of programs that support social and economic advancement, foster civic engagement and ensure educational and career success. This grant provides general operating support for CCF and its impactful range of services.