Promise Neighborhoods (PN)


School Choice and Improvement Programs

Discretionary/Competitive Grants

What’s New

The U.S. Department of Education (the Department) announced the start of the 2022 grant competition on June 29, 2022.  Applications are due on October 7, 2022.  The Department plans to award a total of about $18 million for new grants this year.

Please check the Applicant Info and Eligibility page for more information about this year’s competition.  And see the Notice inviting Applications for details about how to apply. An extension notice was published on July 25, 2022 that extended the deadline of the competition to October 7, 2022.

PEER REVIEWERS AND MODERATORS SOUGHT: If you will not have a role in composing or submitting a Promise Neighborhoods grant application this year, please consider serving as an application reviewer or moderator for the review of those applications.  We are especially still seeking reviewer candidates with a background in Early Childhood development/education, assisting high school graduates succeed in college and career and evaluation. At this point, we have enough reviewer candidates with backgrounds in K-12, non-educational neighborhood needs, equity and leadership.  If interested, please send a copy of your current resume to: Thanks very much!

Program Overview

The PN program is authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA). The purpose of the PN program is to significantly improve the academic and developmental outcomes of children living in the most distressed communities of the United States, including ensuring school readiness, high school graduation, and access to a community-based continuum of high-quality services. The program serves neighborhoods with high concentrations of low-income individuals; multiple signs of distress, which may include high rates of poverty, childhood obesity, academic failure, and juvenile delinquency, adjudication, or incarceration; and schools implementing comprehensive support and improvement activities or targeted support and improvement activities under section 1111(d) of the ESEA.

Contact Information

  • Elson Nash
    Promise Neighborhoods (PN)
    U.S. Department of Education, OESE
    400 Maryland Ave SW
    Washington, DC 20202