Promise Zones Designation Can Mean Funding

School districts within the new Education Dept. Promise Zones leveraged the designation into funding through a $10 million program to help bolster a range of school-based health and academic services for underserved students.

ED this month awarded $4.7 million to nine partnerships through the Full-Service Community Schools grants competition (CFDA Number: 84.215J). Funding helps improve the quality of elementary and secondary education and bolster community-wide, comprehensive services for students, families and their communities. The program supports partnerships between schools, school districts and community-based or nonprofit organizations.

Three of this year’s grantees or 33% of the awards went for school districts in Promise Zones, a federal interagency initiative that aligns a range of resources to build ladders of opportunity in economically distressed areas across the country. The 2014 FSCS program was among the first competitions to include a focus on Promise Zones.

The Promise Zones winners are: the Youth Policy Institute (Los Angeles, $500,000), Berea College (Berea, KY, $500,000) and the San Antonio Independent School District (San Antonio, $500,000).

The FSCS program began in 2008, and the program has awarded over $50 million to more than 20 communities across 13 states, serving approximately 150,000 students in more than 60 schools. The winner’s were selected from 147 applications. The first year awards are for up to $500,000 with additional years subject to congressional appropriations.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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