On July 23, the U.S. Department of Education posted a categorized list of all 339 submitted applications for Promise Neighborhoods planning grants on data.ed.gov. Promise Neighborhoods, a new federal initiative, supports the design of comprehensive education and community programs to improve educational outcomes for students in distressed neighborhoods. Under the program, nonprofits and institutions of higher education are eligible for one-year planning grants. Applicants must focus their efforts on schools in their neighborhood and build services for students in those schools from birth through college to career.
Representatives from nearly every state and the District of Columbia submitted Promise Neighborhoods applications, including 48 rural and 21 tribal identified communities. Almost 20 percent of communities are working with colleges and universities as their lead applicant for the program.
Applications will be reviewed in August 2010 by impartial and qualified educators, researchers, social entrepreneurs and community development practitioners. The Department will announce up to 20 planning grants of up to $500,000 no later than September 30.
Data.ed.gov is a website that allows the public to view detailed information on all Promise Neighborhoods applicants and run customized reports and summary analyses on subsets of applicants. The website currently has similar data available for almost 1,700 applicants to the Investing in Innovation (i3) program. Additional information about each Promise Neighborhoods applicant will be available at data.ed.gov soon.
To learn more about Promise Neighborhoods, please visit: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/promiseneighborhoods/index.html.