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Promise Neighborhoods Program

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 84.215
U.S. Department of Education
Oct 6, 2017

Adrienne Hawkins


The Promise Neighborhoods Program provides grants to significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children and youth in the most distressed communities, and to ultimately transform those communities.

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

Applicants will receive competitive preference priority points for:

  • Serving geographic areas that have been awarded a Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation grant
  • Having been awarded a Drug Free Communities grant to prevent opioid abuse
  • Proposing evidence-based activities, strategies, or interventions
  • Serving an area that is in a federally designated Promise Zone

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: 5-7
Estimated total funding: $30,000,000

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 and online application procedures are available through

While not required, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a notice of intent to apply by email to by August 21, 2017. The deadline to submit applications is September 5, 2017.

Tagged as
Children and youth · Community and economic development · Families · Health conditions · Human services · Networking and collaboration · Schools · Wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention

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