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Promise Neighborhoods Program

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Assistance Listing: 84.215N
U.S. Department of Education
Letter of Intent (Optional): Jul 29, 2022
Application: Sep 27, 2022

Rich Wilson


The Promise Neighborhoods Program provides grants to significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children and youth in the most distressed communities. Projects should work to ensure school readiness, high school graduation, and access to a community-based continuum of high quality services.

Projects should serve neighborhoods with high concentrations of low-income individuals and multiple signs of distress, which may include high rates of poverty; childhood obesity; academic failure; and juvenile delinquency, adjudication, incarceration, or adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). All strategies must be accessible to children with disabilities and English learners.

The program has 3 funding categories called "absolute priorities."

  1. Absolute Priority 1: Non-rural and non-tribal distressed communities
  2. Absolute Priority 2: Rural communities
  3. Absolute Priority 3: Tribal communities

A list of possible performance indicators is provided in the application instructions. Health-related performance measures include:

  • Percentages of children with preventable chronic health conditions
  • Immunization rates
  • Teen birth rates
  • Substandard housing
  • Poverty

Applicants will receive competitive preference priority points for:

  • Strengthening cross-agency coordination and community engagement to advance systemic change
  • Increasing postsecondary education access, affordability, completion, and post-enrollment success

Eligible applicants include:

  • Institutions of higher education
  • Tribes and Tribal organizations
  • One or more nonprofit entities working in formal partnership with at least one of the following entities
    • A high need local education agency (LEA)
    • An institution of higher education
    • The office of a chief elected official of a unit of local government
    • A Tribe or Tribal organization
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $6,000,000 per year
Project period: Up to 5 years
Estimated number of awards: 4 - 5
Estimated total funding: $18,000,000

Matching funds or in-kind donations are required based on applicant type.

  • Non-rural and non-tribal communities: 100%
  • Rural communities: 50%
  • Tribal communities: 50%
Application process

Links to the full announcement, application instructions, and online application process are available through

While not required, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a notice of intent to apply by email to Richard Wilson by July 29, 2022. The deadline to submit applications is September 27, 2022.

Tagged as
Abuse and violence · Children and youth · Community and economic development · Families · Health conditions · Human services · Mental health · Networking and collaboration · Obesity and weight control · Poverty · Schools · Wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention

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