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Promise Neighborhoods Abstracts Posted

Abstracts for this year's Promise Neighborhoods planning and implementation applications have been posted to data.ed.gov.

Promise Neighborhoods Institute Announces Combined Data Platform

The Promise Neighborhoods Institute announced on October 6 that they would be launching a shared Promise Neighborhoods data platform for the 38 members of their network, which includes the first year planning grantees. They announced that the platform would be expanded beyond the initial 38 groups in the coming year.

The platform will be based on ETO (Efforts to Outcomes) software from Social Solutions and linked to the Results Scorecard of the Results Leadership Group.

Over 200 Applications for Promise Neighborhoods Grants

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.

House Proposes Zero Funding for Promise Neighborhoods in 2012

The Republican-controlled House Appropriations Committee today proposed zero funding for Promise Neighborhoods in the coming fiscal year. The amount can be found in this chart.

The proposed funding is substantially lower than the $60 million adopted by the Democratically-controlled Senate Appropriations Committee.

A final number will need to be determined in negotiations between the House, Senate and Obama administration.

Senate Subcommittees Approve $60 Million for Promise, $120 Million for Choice Neighborhoods for 2012

The Senate Appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over funding for Promise Neighborhoods today passed a bill that includes $60 million for the Promise Neighborhoods program for the 2012 federal fiscal year, a doubling of the $30 million that was provided for this year.

The bill was supported by Democrats on a party line 10-8 vote. It must now move to the full Senate Appropriations Committee and then to the Senate floor. The Republican-controlled House must also pass the bill before it becomes law, so the $60 million in proposed funding is far from assured.

A separate Senate Appropriations subcommittee approved $120 million for the Choice Neighborhoods program, an increase from $65 million in funding this year. This funding must also be approved by the full Senate and House before it becomes law.

A summary of the full Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill (S. 1599), which contains the proposed Promise Neighborhoods funding, can be found here. A summary of the HUD funding bill, which contains the proposed Choice Neighborhoods funding, can be found here.

Update: The full Senate Appropriations Committee adopted the Promise Neighborhoods funding bill (Labor-HHS-Ed) by voice vote on September 21. It is awaiting action by the full Senate.


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by Dr. Radut