State or Federal?
The purpose of the Promise Neighborhoods program is to significantly improve the academic and developmental outcomes of children living in the most distressed communities of the United States, including ensuring school readiness, high school graduation, and access to a community-based continuum of high- quality services. The program serves neighborhoods with high concentrations of low-income individuals and multiple signs of distress. This competition includes three absolute priorities and four competitive preference priorities. The three absolute priorities focus on the types of neighborhoods or geographic areas that the proposed project will serve. Absolute Priority 1 is focused on non-rural and non-Tribal applicants; Absolute Priority 2 is focused on rural communities; and Absolute Priority 3 is focused on Tribal communities.

The FY 2017 competition includes the following Competitive Preference Priorities:
• Competitive Preference Priority 1—Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Program (0 or 3 points)
• Competitive Preference Priority 2—Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program (0 or 3 points)
• Competitive Preference Priority 3—Evidence-Based Activities, Strategies, or Interventions (0 or 1 point)
• Competitive Preference Priority 4—Promise Zones (0 or 1 point)
For further details on how competitive preference priority points will be awarded, refer to the federal register (see "Link to Further Information" below).
Eligible Entities
Academic Institutions, K-12 School Districts, K-12 Schools, Native American Tribes, Nonprofit Organizations
Eligibility Notes
Nonprofits must work in partnership with at least one of the following: high need local education agencies, institutions of higher education, or the office of the chief-elected official of a unit of local government. Eligible applicants must be representative of the geographic area proposed to be served, propose to work with at least one public elementary or secondary school in the geographic area, and currently provide at least one of the services from the applicant's proposed pipeline of services.
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Sep 05, 2017
Most Recent RFP Release Date
Jul 21, 2017
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Total Possible Multi-Year Award
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Preliminary Items
The funder has announced that it will schedule a pre-application webinar. Detailed information regarding webinar times will be provided on the Promise Neighborhoods Web site at An optional notice of intent to apply may be submitted by August 21, 2017. Notices may be emailed to
Match Required?
Match Notes
Projects meeting absolute priority 1 must match 100 percent of grant amount. Projects meeting absolute priorities 2 and 3 must match 50 percent of the grant amount. At least 10 percent of project match must come from the private sector including business, philanthropies, and private contributions.
U. S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement
Total Amount Available for All Grants
Competition Notes
Application will be scored on: Need for the project (15 points); Quality of project design (30 points); Quality of project services (20 points); Quality of management plan (20 points); and Adequacy of Resources (15 points).
Additional Notes
This opportunity is for new Promise Neighborhood projects. Continuation funds may be available after the three year grant period.
Further Information
Adrienne Hawkins
(202) 453-5638
Link to Further Information
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