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CONTEXT: Promise Neighborhoods is a new competitive grant program that will provide funds to eligible entities to design comprehensive approaches for addressing the needs of children in distressed, high-poverty communities. Evidence shows that children who are low-income and grow up in high-poverty neighborhoods face academic and life challenges above and beyond those faced by children who are low-income and grow up in neighborhoods with low levels of poverty.  President Obama, the Department, and Congress have responded to this challenge by introducing Promise Neighborhoods to support the transformation of high-poverty communities. For the first year of the program, Congress appropriated $10 million for Promise Neighborhoods. The Department will award up to twenty planning grants, which will support the development of a continuum of cradle-through-college-to-career solutions, with a strong school or schools at the center, that leads to positive academic and social outcomes for all children within some of our nation’s most distressed neighborhoods.

WHO: We are seeking peer reviewers from various backgrounds and professions, including: State or district education officials, PK-12 teachers and principals, college or university educators, researchers, evaluators, community development practitioners, social entrepreneurs, strategy consultants, and grant makers or managers. The selected reviewers should have expertise in at least one of the following areas: education reform and policy, community and youth development, strategy, and grant application review.

Education Reform and Policy:

Community and Youth Development:



WHAT: Peer reviewers will independently read, score, and provide written comments for planning grant applications submitted to the U.S. Department of Education under the Promise Neighborhoods program.  The purpose of this grant is to support eligible entities in the development of plans for a "continuum of cradle-through-college-to-career solutions" in distressed urban and rural communities, with strong schools at the center, so that all children will have the tools, resources, and supports to succeed academically. The application review will be conducted electronically from the reviewer’s location.

REQUIREMENTS: In addition to the skills, attributes and expertise highlighted above, peer reviewers must also meet the following requirements:

IF INTERESTED: If you would like to be considered as a peer reviewer:

PROGRAM INFORMATION: For more information about the Promise Neighborhoods Program, go to

Last Modified: 06/17/2010