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No Promise Neighborhoods Grant Application This Year

Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Education announced that due to the amount of funding made available under the FY 2013 continuing resolution it will be unable to hold a grant competition for the Promise Neighborhoods program this year. Communities with implementation grants from FY 2011 and FY 2012 will continue to receive funding; however, no new grants will be awarded in FY 2013.

Even though we had hoped for more, we take heart in the transformational work being done by the current implementation grantees, as well as in the numerous neighborhoods in our community of practice who are making a big impact without implementation grants. SGA Youth and Family Services in Chicago, IL, Amherst Wilder Foundation in St. Paul, MN, Lutheran Family Health Centers/Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, Neighborhood House in Seattle, WA, and so many more have remained committed to the Promise Neighborhoods model with and without federal support. Their success will go a long way toward sustaining the Promise Neighborhoods program and promoting equity.

St. Paul Neighborhood Freedom School. Photo from TC Daily Planet.

We are hopeful that funding will increase for Promise Neighborhoods in FY 2014 and beyond—and are working diligently to increase the understanding of and support for Promise Neighborhoods to ensure the necessary investment in our children and communities. Together, as a movement, we can continue to strengthen our neighborhoods, build brighter futures for our children, and create a more inclusive economy in which all of us—our friends, neighbors, and family members—can participate and prosper.

The Promise Neighborhoods movement marches on. Let’s keep moving forward, together.


How-to-Apply Webinars are Up!

Did you miss our webinars on how to apply for this year’s Promise Neighborhoods planning or implementation grants? Fear not! Our webinar recordings are ripe for the download, and we encourage you to review the important information covered.

Those of you planning to apply for grants this year should feel well-prepared to tackle the applications:

  • Webinar recordings (full audio with presenters from PNI and successful Promise Neighborhood grant recipients)
  • Webinar presentations, so you can refer back to the powerpoint as you go without having to listen to the full webinar again
  • Fresh How-to-Apply guides for both planning and implementation grants that give you step by step instructions, tips, and techniques

Got more questions? Leave a comment and we’ll answer your questions here!

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!

Q’s About New Promise Neighborhoods Grants? We’ve Got A’s in Webinars Next Week

PNI Director Michael McAfee and current grantees will answer your questions on the Promise Neighborhoods application process

FY 2012 Promise Neighborhoods planning and implementation applications are due July 27, and notice of intent to apply is due June 8. If you’re interested in applying, or finding out more about the application process, join us for one or two upcoming webinars.

Applying for Promise Neighborhoods Planning and Implementation Grants Webinars

  • Get a preview of the planning and implementation How-to-Apply application guides that the Institute has carefully updated for this next round of grants;
  • Receive tips and advice from the Institute and current grantees; and
  • Ask questions and hear answers from Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink and grant-writing experts.

Planning Grant Webinar
Wednesday, May 23, 3-5pm EST.
Register here to participate

Implementation Grant Webinar
Friday, May 25, 12-2pm EST
Register here to participate

Please contact Cara Carrillo with any questions about the webinars and visit our website for more information about the Promise Neighborhoods program.

We are here to support communities committed to using the Promise Neighborhoods model. We know the stakes are high, and that equitable programs like Promise Neighborhoods are crucial to building a strong future for our children and our communities. Join us next week to begin the process.

FY 2012 Promise Grants At-A-Glance

We’re going to be releasing new How to Apply guides and other tools to help you through the process of applying for this year’s Promise Neighborhoods planning and implementation grants, but here’s a brief primer, courtesy of our friends over at the Center for the Study of Social Policy!

At A Glance: The 2012 Promise Neighborhood Grant Competition

On April 20, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced the Notices of Funding Available (NOFAs) for the 2012 Promise Neighborhoods program. A key part of the Administration’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, the Promise Neighborhoods effort has become a program of growing interest in recent years as it strives to design and implement a cradle-to-career pipeline of services and supports that improve educational and developmental outcomes for students in distressed communities. In 2010, ED awarded $10 million in planning grants to 21 communities and, in 2011, awarded $30 million in planning and implementation grants to 20 communities. This year, Congress allocated $60 million for the 2012 Promise Neighborhoods grants, allowing ED to make the following awards:

  • An estimated 14 Planning grants of up to $5 million (15 Planning grants were awarded in 2011)
  • An estimated 5-7 Implementation grants of $4-6 million with funding available on an annual basis for a period of 3-5 years (5 Implementation grants were awarded in 2011)
  • Remaining funding will be used for national activities, including technical assistance for the Promise Neighborhood grantees, evaluation and peer review

Overall, the 2012 Promise Neighborhood competition reflects the same procedures and priorities from the 2011 competition. Below, you will find a brief outline of the key elements that must be addressed in planning and implementation proposals.

Planning and Implementation Grants
Eligible Applicants include: nonprofit organizations (including faith-based organizations), institutions of higher education and Indian tribes.

Applicants are required to choose one of three Absolute Priorities. Absolute Priority 1 outlines the general requirements all applicants must meet in their proposal while Absolute Priority 2 and 3 invite applicants from rural and tribal communities, respectively.
Applicants may choose up to two Competitive Preference Priorities (CPPs), allowing applicants to receive competitive priority points. As with the 2011 competition, the 2012 CPPs include:
  • Comprehensive Early Learning Network
  • Quality Internet Connectivity
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Quality Affordable Housing

As with the 2011 competition, applicants are invited to address the Invitational Priority by proposing plans that address adult education programs and provide training opportunities for family members. Applicants that address this priority will not receive preference or priority points during the review process.

Key Application Dates & Timeline:

  • May 15, 2012: Pre-Application Webinar (Information will be posted on the Promise Neighborhoods website)
  • June 8, 2012: Notice of Intent to Apply due
  • June 12, 2012: Pre-Application Webinar (This will be a repeat of the May 15 webinar. Information will be posted on the Promise Neighborhoods website)
  • July 27, 2012: Planning and Implementation application due

Overview of Planning Grants

As with the 2011 competition, the 2012 Planning Grant proposals must:

1) Describe the geographically defined area to be served and its level of distress

2) Describe how the applicant plans to build a continuum of solutions based on the best available evidence designed to significantly improve educational outcomes and support the healthy development and well-being of children in the neighborhood. The plan must describe how the applicant will:

  • Build community support for the continuum of solutions
  • Ensure that children and youth in the neighborhood and the target schools have access to the continuum of solutions
  • Plan for and implement high-quality early learning programs, as well as programs that prepare students for college and career
  • Leverage and integrate high-quality programs and related public and private investments
  • Identify Federal, State or local policies and regulations that may serve as barriers to the continuum

3) Specify how a comprehensive needs assessment and segmentation analysis will be conducted to ensure that all children – particularly those with the highest needs – receive appropriate services from the continuum

4) Describe lessons learned thus far and how the applicant will build the capacity of its management team and project director, particularly as it relates to:

  • Engaging residents, government leaders and community stakeholders
  • Collecting, analyzing and using data for decision-making
  • Creating formal and informal partnerships to build the continuum of solutions and garner necessary resources in the community
  • Building a governance board that holds partners accountable, is representative of the geographic area and includes resident participation
  • Securing and integrating funding from multiple public and private resources

5) Describe the commitment to working with ED and a national Promise Neighborhoods evaluator

Overview of Implementation Grants

As with the 2011 competition, the main component of the Implementation Grant proposal is the description of the continuum of solutions. The proposal must identify:

  • Each solution within the continuum and include an appendix that summarizes how the solution is derived from the best available evidence
  • The partners that will participate in the implementation of each solution
  • The estimated per child cost of the solution, as well as the source of funds that will pay for each solution
  • How data was used to target the children and youth that will be served by each solution

Similar to the Planning Grants, the Implementation Grant proposals must also address the applicant’s commitment to achieving results and sustaining the continuum by:

  • Identifying Federal, State and local policies that may impede the success of the continuum
  • Collecting annual data and establishing annual growth goals, including how the continuum will reach more students in the neighborhood and its target school(s) over time
  • Building and maintaining a governance structure that builds the capacity of the management team, strengthens community partnerships and integrates funding streams from multiple public and private sources to fund the continuum over time
Stay tuned to our blog for more detailed guidance and resources about the 2012 Promise Neighborhoods competition.

Department of Education Resources:
2012 Planning Grant Application
2012 Implementation Grant Application
2012 Promise Neighborhood FAQs
2012 Promise Neighborhoods At-A-Glance
2012 Application Tips (This document includes important information about the electronic submission of applications)

Other Resources:
Making a Difference In Your NeighborhoodCenter for the Study of Social PolicyPromise Neighborhoods Institute


On Your Marks! FY 2012 Promise Neighborhoods Applications Released

They’re here!  The US Department of Education released a request for planning and implementation applications for the FY 2012 Promise Neighborhoods program.

More information is on the Department of Education’s Promise Neighborhoods page.

We know a lot of you have been waiting for this announcement, and we’re pleased to share with you that up to 15 new planning grants of up to $500,000 each and 5-7 new implementation grants of up to $4-6 million each will be funded this year, and there will be continuing funding for the five implementation grantees selected last year. We will be making every effort to assist communities interested in applying with tools and resources on our website, updated How to Apply guides, and webinars.

For now, take note of these dates:

Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: June 8, 2012

Dept of Ed Pre-Application Webinars: May 17 and June 14, 2012

Date full applications are due: July 27, 2012

And stay tuned for further updates and guidance!


Choice Planning Grant Applications Announced!

Interested in applying for a Choice Planning Grant? Here’s the scoop, courtesy of our good friends over at the Center for the Study of Social Policy: The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Choice Neighborhoods Program is an initiative that helps transform neighborhoods by revitalizing distressed public and/or assisted housing.  As part of the Administration’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, the Choice Neighborhoods is a comprehensive transformation initiative that also helps communities leverage investments for high quality community services, public schools, early learning programs and improved access to public transportation.

Applications for the 2012 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants are due May 1, 2012.  Overall, HUD anticipates awarding 17-20 Planning Grants of up to $300,000.  According to the Notice released by HUD, four Choice Neighborhood Planning Grants will be set aside for communities that have received a Promise Neighborhoods Planning Grant (the year of the planning grant is not specified in the notice).  Please click on the “Notice” link above to learn more about the specific eligibility and application requirements for the Choice Neighborhood Planning Grants. Check out page 50 for info specific to Promise Neighborhoods.

For additional information about the Choice Neighborhoods program, please visit the Center for the Study of Social Policy’s blog: Investing in Community Change.


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!

Over 200 Promise Neighborhoods Applications!

This year, the Department of Education received 199 planning grant applications and 35 implementation grant applications.

Check out the EdWeek article for more!

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