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Department of Education Announces There Will Be No New Promise Neighborhoods Grants in FY2013

On May 17, the US Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII) announced that, due to funding restrictions under the FY2013 Continuing Resolution, they will not fund any new Promise Neighborhoods grants in fiscal year 2013 (which runs through September 30, 2013). Existing grants awarded in previous fiscal years will continue to be funded according to the terms of the existing grant agreements, but no new Promise Neighborhoods competition will be held. OII will continue to fund six other existing grant competitions: Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination, Charter Schools Program Non-SEA, Investing in Innovation (i3), Magnet Schools Assistance Program, School Leadership Program, and Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED). Five of these grant competitions are currently underway, and the sixth—Charter Schools Program Non-SEA—will begin “shortly.” However, these six programs may be funded at reduced levels due to the FY2013 Continuing Resolution. The ongoing acrimonious budget impasse in Congress may lead to a permanent reduction in funding or elimination of several Education programs, as well as grant programs in other departments, as we move into FY2014. You can follow the budget discussion in the media and learn more about the White House, Senate, and House proposed federal budgets for FY2014. You can also contact your Senators and your Congressional Representative and urge them prioritize these vital community development programs as they continue to debate the budget.

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