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How-to-Apply Guides are Fresh!

Check out our new How-to-Apply guides for the 2012 Promise Neighborhoods planning and implementation grants.

They’ve got step-by-step instructions to work your way through the applications, plus tips and tools to help you through!

Download now!

2011 Promise Neighborhoods Grant High Scorers Announced!

We are so proud of the many communities scoring over 80%! It was clearly a VERY tough competition for the US Dept of Ed Promise Neighborhood planning and implementation grants.

A special congratulations to our Promise Neighborhoods Institute network groups! Ten of the top 14 implementation grant high scorers came from our network.

Proyecto Pastoral in LA, a member of the PNI network and implementation grant high scorer

Check out the full spread here.

We are heartened to see so many sites with high potential for success. Even though not all groups could receive a federal grant, this speaks volumes for their ability to attract other dollars and get results for children and families.

Congratulations to the 2011 ED Promise Neighborhood Grantees!

The Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink congratulates the recipients of the FY 2011 US Department of Education Promise Neighborhoods grants.

The five Promise Neighborhoods implementation grantees are:

  • Berea College (Clay, Jackson, and Owsley Counties, Ky.)
  • California State University – East Bay (Hayward, Calif.)
  • Northside Achievement Zone (Minneapolis, Minn.)
  • United Way of San Antonio & Bexar County, Inc. (San Antonio, Texas)
  • Westminster Foundation (Buffalo, N.Y.)

The 15 Promise Neighborhoods planning grantees are:

  • Black Family Development (Detroit, Mich.)
  • CAMBA (New York)
  • Campo Band of Mission Indians (Campo, Calif.)
  • Catholic Charities of Albany (Hudson, N.Y.)
  • Children Youth and Family Services (Charlottesville, Va.)
  • Community Action Project of Tulsa (Tulsa, Okla.)
  • Elmezzi Foundation (New York)
  • Martha O’Bryan Center (Nashville, Tenn.)
  • Mercer University (Macon, Ga.)
  • Meriden Children’s First (Meriden, Conn.)
  • Mission Economic Development Agency (San Francisco)
  • Ohio University (Glouster, Ohio)
  • Reading and Beyond (Fresno, Calif.)
  • SGA Youth and Family Services (Chicago)
  • South Bay Community Services (Chula Vista, Calif.)

We are so pleased to see so many groups from our Promise Neighborhood network on this list, and excited to get to know the others. Our work to build this movement continues with all Promise Neighborhoods, whether or not they received federal grants. 2012 will be an exciting year!

Promise Neighborhoods Will Likely Get $60 million in FY 2012

Nothing is confirmed yet, as we’re still waiting for the vote next week, but we’re hearing that $60 million for Promise Neighborhoods has been included in the spending bill for FY 2012!

This is wonderful news for the communities across the country working to build Promise Neighborhoods, and will plan to apply for new or continued funding.

Read the full article from EdWeek, which outlines the spending bill areas related to education. Here’s the piece on Promise:

“And the Promise Neighborhoods program, which helps communities pair wraparound services, such as health, with education, was a big winner. It got $60 million, according to CEF. That’s up from about $30 million last year.”

Stay tuned! We’ll post details as we get them.

Senate Subcommittee Approves $60 MILLION for Promise Neighborhoods!

You read that right!

The Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee approved $60 million in their FY 2012 bill! That’s DOUBLE the funding for Promise Neighborhoods in FY 2011!

We are so excited to see the support for Promise Neighborhoods from the Senate, and SO THANKFUL to the Senate leadership for recognizing the importance of Promise Neighborhoods!

Read the full press release for details, but here’s the juicy part:

“Promise Neighborhoods—The bill includes $60 million—a doubling of the fiscal year 2011 level–for the Promise Neighborhoods program. Inspired by the successful Harlem Children’s Zone program, Promise Neighborhoods supports local efforts to establish cradle-to-career services designed to improve educational outcomes for students in distressed neighborhoods.”