Program Description

Promise Neighborhoods, established under the legislative authority of the Fund for the Improvement of Education Program (FIE), provides funding to support eligible entities, including (1) nonprofit organizations, which may include faith-based nonprofit organizations, (2) institutions of higher education, and (3) Indian tribes.

The vision of the program is that all children and youth growing up in Promise Neighborhoods have access to great schools and strong systems of family and community support that will prepare them to attain an excellent education and successfully transition to college and a career. The purpose of Promise Neighborhoods is to significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children and youth in our most distressed communities, and to transform those communities by identifying and increasing the capacity of eligible entities that are focused on achieving results for children and youth throughout an entire neighborhood. Furthermore, it is to build a complete continuum of cradle-to-career solutions of both educational programs and family and community supports, with great schools at the center; integrating programs and breaking down agency "silos" so that solutions are implemented effectively and efficiently across agencies; develop 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 learn 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.

General Program Requirements

Eligible organizations include:

  • Nonprofit organizations that meet the definition of a nonprofit under 34 CFR 77.1(c), which may include a faith-based nonprofit organization;
  • Institutions of higher education as defined by section 101(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended; and
  • Indian tribes.

Eligibility for purposes of Absolute Priority 3 (Promise Neighborhoods in Tribal Communities): An eligible applicant is an eligible organizations that partners with an Indian Tribe, or is an Indian Tribe that meets the definition of an eligible organization.

To be eligible for an award, an eligible organization must:

  • Operate or propose to work with and involve in carrying out its proposed project, in coordination with the school's LEA, at least one public elementary or secondary school that is located within the identified geographic area that the grant will serve;
  • Currently provide at least one of the solutions from the applicant's proposed continuum of solutions in the geographic area proposed to be served; and
  • Be representative of the geographic area proposed to be served. This means that residents of the geographic area have an active role in decision-making and that at least one-third of the entity's governing board or advisory board is made up of:
    • residents who live in the geographic area proposed to be served;
    • residents of the city or county in which the neighborhood is located who are low-income;
    • public officials who serve the geographic area proposed to be served (although not more than one-half of the governing board or advisory board may be made up of public officials); or
    • some combination of individuals from these three groups.

Your Next Steps

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Application Process

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Essentially an applicant must apply for the grant through

Program Contact Information

Elson Nash
Team Lead, Promise Neighborhoods

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number84.215N
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Can the funding from the program be renewedNo
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations, Non-Tribal Entities
Matching Funds RequiredYes
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)approximately 120,000
Length of Program5 years for implementation and 1 year for planning.
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?Non-profit organizations
Tribes Funded by this ProgramIt depends on the quality of the application and number of applicants.

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