Have you heard about the Promise Neighborhood grants? If you are a P–12 school, nonprofit or faith-based organization, or higher education institution, there are $60 million available to transform impoverished neighborhoods into sustainable communities.

The U.S. Department of Education recently released the application for the newest round of Promise Neighborhood grants. The deadline for the notice of intent is June 8. If you’d like help with understanding the intricacies of the grant and how to successfully apply, aha! Process recently conducted a webinar on one of the key elements of a Promise Neighborhood grant application: building collaborations among multiple community partners for a systemic approach to poverty and community sustainability. Information about Promise Neighborhoods and the aha! Process webinar are found below.

What is covered in this webinar:

  • The meaning of the term “Promise Neighborhoods” and the concept of “cradle to college to career”
  • How to define and build the collaborations your plan needs to meet the expectations of the Promise Neighborhoods program
  • How A Framework for Understanding Poverty, Bridges Out of Poverty, and College Achievement Alliance can help build the foundation for strong, successful community partnerships and a winning Promise Neighborhood plan

Listen to the webinar

Please contact Alecia Chapman, achapman@ahaprocess.com, or Barbara Duncanson, bduncanson@ahaprocess.com, if you have questions about the webinar or would like assistance with the grant application. Call (800) 424-9484.

Important dates for the Promise Neighborhoods program:

Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: June 8, 2012

Deadline to submit applications: July 27, 2012

For more information: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/promiseneighborhoods.

Vision of the Promise Neighborhoods program:
All children and youth growing up in Promise Neighborhoods will have access to great schools and strong systems of family and community support that will prepare them to attain an excellent education and successfully transition to college and a career.

Purpose of the Promise Neighborhoods program:
The Promise Neighborhoods program is intended to significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children in our most distressed communities and to transform those communities. Because the challenges faced by communities with high concentrations of poverty are interrelated, Promise Neighborhoods takes a comprehensive approach designed to ensure that children have access to a continuum of cradle-to-college-to-career solutions, with strong schools at the center, which will support academic achievement, healthy development, and college and career success.