Three communities from Grad Nation network awarded Promise Neighborhood grants
December 21, 2012
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced 17 winners of the 2012 Promise Neighborhoods $60 million grant fund during a school safety speech at Neval Thomas Elementary School in Washington, D.C. Three of the winners are part of America's Promise Alliance's Grad Nation network: Indianola Promise Community, Chula Vista Promise Neighborhood and Five Promises for Two Generations (DCPNI).
Promise Neighborhoods, first launched in 2010, is a community-focused program that funds local-led efforts to improve educational opportunities and provide comprehensive health, safety, and support services in high-poverty neighborhoods. To date, Promise Neighborhoods funding totals nearly $100 million awarded to over 50 communities representing more than 700 schools. To help leverage and sustain grant work, 1,000 national, state, and community organizations have signed-on to partner with a Promise Neighborhood site, including over 300 organizations supporting 2012 grant winners.
“Children must be safe, healthy, and supported by adults across an entire community to reach their fullest potential,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “Against all odds, Promise Neighborhoods work to provide families and children with the support they need to help break the cycle of poverty that threatens too many of our nation’s communities.”
Awards announced today are split between 10 planning grants totaling more than $4.7 million and 7 implementation grants totaling nearly $30 million. Remaining 2012 funds will go toward second-year funding for the 5 implementation grantees awarded in 2011. Planning grantees will each receive one-year awards of up to $500,000 to create targeted plans for combating poverty in the local community. Implementation grantees will receive awards up to $6 million to fund the first year of a 5-year grant to execute community-led plans that improve and provide better social services and educational programs.
“The DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative reminds us that the true power and potential of a community is revealed when it comes together for its children,” said Alma J. Powell, Chair, America’s Promise Alliance. “Winning this grant is not just a point of pride for the D.C. promise neighborhood and city of Washington, DC but for the nation. The ‘Five Promises for Two Generations’ framework will most surely help us become a Grad Nation.”
Neval Thomas Elementary is a school served by the D.C. Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI), one of today’s seventeen 2012 grant winners. DCPNI will receive a five-year implementation grant totaling around $25 million to provide wraparound services and community support to families across 4 schools and their communities: Neval Thomas Elementary; Kenilworth Elementary; Chavez Parkside Middle School; and Chavez Parkside High School.
A complete list of 2012 grants follows. Award amounts reflect first-year funding with additional years subject to congressional appropriations. Among the winners are 6 implementation grantees that will build on previous work funded through 2010 or 2011 planning grants: Boston Promise Initiative; D.C. Promise Neighborhood; Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood; Mission Promise Neighborhood in San Francisco; Indianola Promise Community in Mississippi; and Chula Vista Promise Neighborhood in California.
Promise Neighborhoods is one of the signature programs of the White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, which supports innovative and inclusive strategies that bring public and private partners together to help break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. It encourages collaboration between the U.S. Departments of Education, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, Treasury and Health and Human Services to support local solutions for sustainable, mixed-income neighborhoods with affordable housing, safe streets and good schools.
Additional information on the Promise Neighborhoods program and 2012 winners is also available here.
2012 Implementation Grants
Boston Promise Initiative
Boston and Roxbury, Mass.
Chula Vista Promise Neighborhood
Chula Vista, Calif.
East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood
Five Promises for Two Generations (DCPNI)
Indianola Promise Community
Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood
Los Angeles, Calif.
Mission Promise Neighborhood
San Francisco, Calif.
2012 Planning Grants
Adams County Promise Neighborhood Initiative
Adams County, Wisc.
Camden Cooper Lanning Promise Neighborhood
Cypress Hills Promise Neighborhood
The Everett Freeman Initiative
Langley Park Promise Neighborhood
Langley Park, Md.
Many Flags Promise Neighborhood
Owls Head, St. George,
South Thomaston, Maine
The 5 Promises represent conditions children need to achieve adult success. The collective work of the Alliance involves keeping these promises to America’s youth. This article relates to the promises highlighted below: