Details of the budget deal just struck in Congress for the rest of the year are now trickling out. The measure includes $30 million for Promise Neighborhoods, an amount available through December 31, 2011. This would appear to provide enough funds for implementation grants and a second round of planning grants later this year. The official grant notice was expected within 60 days, though this timeline might conceivably be adjusted.
No further negotiating is expected. This is expected to be the final number for the year. Congress is expected to enact the underlying bill, HR 1473, by the end of this week.
My best guess is that the $30 million will include $10 million for another round of about 20 planning grants, $18 million or so for six 3-year implementation grants worth $3 million each, and about $2 million for technical assistance and the national program evaluation. That's complete speculation based on what was in the budget justifications earlier this year. We'll see.
It is not yet clear what the status is for Choice Neighborhoods and the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation program. HOPE VI was cut from $200 million to $100 million. The Weed and Seed program at DOJ, which was to be replaced by Byrne, was eliminated.
The position of urban affairs policy czar at the White House Office of Urban Affairs was eliminated. It has been vacant since Adolfo Carrion left for a position at HUD last year.
Postscript: Stay tuned for additional announcements on the NRI Conference in Washington DC, July 21-22.