Promise Neighborhoods

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Program Office: Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII)
CFDA Number: 84.215P (Planning) and 84.215N (Implementation)
Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive Grants

What's New

The U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce the FY 2016 Promise Neighborhoods Competition. The Department encourages applicants to review the documents on this page and other Promise Neighborhoods pages to learn more about the competition.

The Department extended the application deadline date for the 2016 Promise Neighborhoods competition. All applicants must submit their Promise Neighborhoods Implementation Grants Full Application by 4:30:00 PM (DC Time) no later than September 16, 2016.The extension of the application deadline date is applicable for all applicants and is intended to help applicants impacted by severe weather-related issues across the country The official notification was published in Federal Register on September 16, 2016.

The Promise Neighborhoods team hosted four webinars for entities interested in submitting a FY 2016 application. The webinars provided an opportunity for interested applicants to submit questions during the live presentation. Prior to these webinars, entities planning to participate should review the Application Package, Notice Inviting Applicants and the FY2016 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the FY2016 competition.

Please click here to access the slides and recordings of all four webinars.

Deadline to Submit Applications: September 16, 2016

Your application must be fully uploaded and submitted and must be date and time stamped by the system no later than 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. Except as otherwise noted in the Notice Inviting Applicants (NIA), we will not accept your application if it is received--that is, date and time stamped by the system--after 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. We do not consider an application that does not comply with the deadline requirements. When your application is retrieved from, you will be notified if we are rejecting your application because it was date and time stamped by the system after 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date.

Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: November 7, 2016

*Please note the FY 2016 Promise Neighborhoods notice inviting applications includes errors regarding the deadline for intergovernmental review and the deadline for notice of intent to apply. The correction notice corrects: (1) the deadline for intergovernmental review; and (2) the deadline for the notice of intent to apply. All other requirements and conditions stated in the Promise Neighborhoods NIA remain the same. The correction notice was published in the Federal Register on August 1, 2016.

Promise Neighborhoods and the Urban Institute: Measuring Performance - A Guidance Document for Promise Neighborhoods on Collecting Data and Reporting Results download files PDF (3 MB)

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—

  1. Identifying and increasing the capacity of eligible entities that are focused on achieving results for children and youth throughout an entire neighborhood;

  2. Building a complete continuum of cradle-to-career solutions of both educational programs and family and community supports, with great schools at the center;
  3. Integrating programs and breaking down agency “silos” so that solutions are implemented effectively and efficiently across agencies;
  4. Developing 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
  5. Learning 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.

In 2010, the Promise Neighborhoods program awarded one-year grants to support the development of a plan to implement a Promise Neighborhood in 21 communities across the country that included the core features described above. At the conclusion of the planning grant period, grantees should have a feasible plan to implement a continuum of solutions that will significantly improve results for children in the community being served.

In 2011, the Department awarded a second round of planning grants and a first round of implementation grants. The five implementation grants and 15 planning grants will reach an additional 16 communities throughout the United States in order to help revitalize disadvantaged neighborhoods. Promise Neighborhoods is now in 18 states and the District of Columbia.

In 2012, a third round of planning grants and a second round of implementation grants were awarded. The 7 implementation grants and 10 planning grants will reach an additional 11 news communities throughout the country. Promise Neighborhoods is now in 20 states and the District of Columbia.

In subsequent years, contingent on the availability of funds, the Department intends to conduct competitions for new implementation and planning grants. While all eligible entities will be able to apply for implementation grants, eligible entities that have effectively carried out the planning activities described in the Notice Inviting Applications, whether independently or with a Promise Neighborhoods planning grant, are likely to be well positioned with the plan, commitments, data, and demonstrated organizational leadership and capacity necessary to develop a quality application for an implementation grant.

For more information on the Promise Neighborhoods program and to obtain access to tools and resources please go to Promise Neighborhoods

Last Modified: 09/16/2016