No Promise Neighborhoods Grant Application This Year

23 May 2013 |
No Promise Neighborhoods Grant Application This Year
Above: St. Paul Neighborhood Freedom School. Photo from TC Daily Planet.

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.

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.