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GRANT ALERT!

On July 6, 2011 the U. S. Department of Education made available applications for planning and implementation grants for Promise Neighborhoods. You can access the grants online at http://www.grants.gov

While the closing date is Sep 06, 2011, the deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply is July 22, 2011.

 

As aids to those interested, there will be Pre-Application Webinars:

> Planning Applications: July 14, 2011 and August 2, 2011.

> Implementation Applications: July 19, 2011 and July 28, 2011.

For detailed information regarding these webinar times, see http://www2.ed.gov/programs/promiseneighborhoods/index.html

 

Here is a brief excerpt from the press release:

“The U.S. Department of Education released today the application for the second phase of the Promise Neighborhoods program, including new implementation grants and a second round of planning grants, totaling $30 million. Nonprofits, institutions of higher education and Indian tribes are eligible to apply for funds to develop or execute plans that will improve educational and developmental outcomes for students in distressed neighborhoods.

 

The Department expects to award first-year funds for four to six implementation grants with an estimated grant award of $4 million to $6 million. Implementation grantees will receive annual grants over a period of three to five years with total awards ranging from $12 million to $30 million. Remaining 2011 funds will go toward 10 new one-year planning grants with an estimated grant award of $500,000.

 

Promise Neighborhoods grants will provide critical support for comprehensive services ranging from early learning to college and career, including programs to improve the health, safety, and stability of neighborhoods, as well as to boost family engagement in student learning….

 

The new implementation grants will support communities in their efforts to enlist and coordinate better education, health and safety services, as well as provide young people the opportunity to be successful at the key stages of their lives. Specifically, funds can be used to improve learning inside and outside of school, build support staff, secure additional and sustainable funding sources, and establish data systems to record and share the community’s development and progress. Like round one, planning grants will continue to support the creation of plans for providing high-need communities with the groundwork for building cradle-to-career services with great schools at the center….

 

In fiscal year 2010, the Department launched the first round of the Promise Neighborhoods competition, making available a total of $10 million for one-year planning grants. More than 300 communities from 48 states and the District of Columbia submitted applications. Currently, 21 communities across the country are developing plans to create Promise Neighborhoods.

 

Because of the great potential for Promise Neighborhoods to catalyze the revitalization of communities in significant distress, it is closely linked to the White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, which seeks to align federal housing, education, justice, financial asset building and health programs with the overarching goal of transforming neighborhoods of concentrated poverty into neighborhoods of opportunity.

 

Applications will be due on September 6, 2011. Winners will be selected and awards will be made no later than Dec. 31, 2011. Officials from the Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement will conduct several webinars for potential applicants. All webinars require participants to register in advance. Registration and additional information about the Promise Neighborhoods program will be available at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/promiseneighborhoods/index.html

Here is a brief excerpt from the grant description:

“The purpose of the Promise Neighborhoods program is to significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children and youth in our most distressed communities, and to transform those communities by

 

(1) Identifying and increasing the capacity of eligible organizations (as defined in this notice) that are focused on achieving results for children and youth throughout an entire neighborhood;

 

(2) Building a complete continuum of cradle-through-college-to-career solutions (continuum of solutions) (as defined in this notice) of both educational programs and family and community supports (both as defined in this notice), with great schools at the center. All solutions in the continuum of solutions must be accessible to children with disabilities (CWD)(as defined in this notice) and English learners (ELs) (as defined in this notice);

 

(3) Integrating programs and breaking down agency “silos” so that solutions are implemented effectively and efficiently across agencies;

 

(4) Developing the local infrastructure of systems and resources needed to sustain and scale up proven, effective solutions across the broader region beyond the initial neighborhood; and

 

(5) Learning about the overall impact of the Promise Neighborhoods program and about the relationship between particular strategies in Promise Neighborhoods and student outcomes, including through a rigorous evaluation of the program.”

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