The US Department of Education today released information on the number of applications submitted in September for the second round of Promise Neighborhoods grants. The information is available in this Microsoft Word file.
There were over 200 applications, including 199 planning grant applications and 35 implementation grant applications. Of the 199 planning grant applications, as many as 10 may be chosen to receive grants worth up to $500,000. Of the 35 implementation grant applications, as many as 4-6 may be chosen for grants worth $4-6 million each. Winners are expected to be announced in December.
The 199 planning grant application total is lower than the 339 submitted last year. Our interviews with applicants suggest that while many of the high-scoring applicants from last year reapplied, others that did not score highly last year chose not to reapply, and this probably accounts for most of the drop.
Most of the 35 implementation grant applications probably came from last year's 21 planning grantees. A few others that came close in last year's planning grant competition also decided to roll the dice and go for the implementation grants anyway.
The applicant totals are down significantly from the number that filed an intent to apply notice with the Department of Education. In July, 501 groups indicated that they expected to apply for planning grants and 161 indicated that they expected to apply for implementation grants. In this case, the drop probably shows how challenging it was to apply for these grants. For instance, we know of several groups who originally planned to apply for implementation grants, but later switched to planning grants.
Among the four competitive preference categories, of which applicants could choose two, among the 199 planning grant applicants 140 addressed early learning, 71 addressed arts and humanities, 41 addressed internet connectivity, and 11 addressed housing. Among the 35 implementation grant applicants, 30 addressed early learning, 16 addressed arts and humanities, 7 addressed internet connectivity, and 4 addressed housing.