Promise Neighborhood Grantees Announced!
Just moments ago, US Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced the winners of $10 million in Promise Neighborhoods federal planning grants for 2010. This is exciting news for all of us working to end the cycle of poverty in America!
The grants will help 21 communities plan to build their own Promise Neighborhood – a pipeline of social, educational, and health supports that enable all children to learn, grow, and succeed from birth through college.
The grantees are:
- Abyssinian Development Corporation (New York City, NY)
- Amherst H. Wilder Foundation (Saint Paul, MN)
- Athens-Clarke County Family Connection (Athens Clarke County, GA)
- Berea College (Clay, Jackson, and Owsley Counties, KY)
- Boys and Girls Club of the Northern Cheyenne Nation (Northern Cheyenne Reservation, MT)
- California State University East Bay Foundation, Inc. (Hayward, CA)
- Cesar Chavez Public Policy Charter High School (Washington, D.C.)
- Community Day Care Center of Lawrence (Lawrence, MA)
- Delta Health Alliance, Inc. (Indianola, MS)
- Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (Boston, MA)
- The Guidance Center, (River Rouge, MI)
- Lutheran Family Health Centers / Lutheran Medical Center (Brooklyn, NY)
- Morehouse School of Medicine, Inc. (Atlanta, GA)
- Neighborhood Centers, Inc. (Houston, TX)
- Proyecto Pastoral at Dolores Mission (Los Angeles, CA)
- United Way of Central Massachusetts (Worcester, MA)
- United Way of San Antonio & Bexar County — Partners for Community Change (San Antonio, TX)
- University of Arkansas at Little Rock (Little Rock, AK)
- Universal Community Homes (Philadelphia, PA)
- Westminster Foundation (Buffalo, NY)
- Youth Policy Institute (Los Angeles, CA)
For more than two years, PolicyLink has been working to help bring the Harlem Children’s Zone model to national scale. More than 330 communities from across America – urban, suburban, rural, tribal – applied for this first round of planning grants.
Though only a relatively small group of applicants have received federal funding, the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink will continue to help all neighborhoods that want to create a true community of opportunity of their own. (For more information about the Institute, click here)
While today is a day of joy and excitement for the grantees, we must remember that the future of the Promise Neighborhoods federal program remains in flux.
The future of millions of children depends on it.