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Opportunity: Promise Neighborhoods Program Application Now Available

Deadline: May 21, 2010


The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement has released a notice requesting applications for one-year planning grants under the new Promise Neighborhoods program. With $10 million in funding available for this fiscal year, the program will provide up to 20 grants of between $400,000 and $500,000 for the development of a plan for creating a seamless continuum of "cradle-through-college-to-career solutions" to improve children's educational and developmental outcomes in distressed, high-poverty communities.

Nonprofit organizations - including faith-based groups and institutions of higher learning - representing targeted geographic areas are eligible to apply for these competitive planning grants. Applicants must operate a school or partner, in coordination with the appropriate local educational agency (LEA), with at least one school in the geographic area to be served. The Department also "strongly encourages eligible applicants to partner with entities such as the LEA; federal, state and local government leaders; and providers of family and community supports."

The Promise Neighborhoods program is based on the experience of initiatives such as the Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ). HCZ provides a critical mass of children in a high-poverty, 97-block New York City neighborhood with a comprehensive pipeline of social, health, educational, and community-building programs and services from birth through college. Recognizing the interrelated challenges faced by communities with high concentrations of poverty, the Promise Neighborhoods program is designed to improve outcomes for children by building a continuum of academic programs and family and community supports centered around effective schools.

The Department of Education will host three webinars: one on May 3 at 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT, to provide an overview of the program, and two pre-application webinars on May 5 at 1:00-5:00 p.m. EDT and May 10 at 12:00-4:00 p.m. EDT. The deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply is May 21. The application deadline is June 25. Applications will be reviewed this summer with grant awards announced in September. President Obama's fiscal year 2011 budget proposal includes $210 million for five-year implementation grants and additional one-year planning grants.


Get the application here.

Register for webinars here.



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