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Promise Zones Update: Third Round Public Comment | Upcoming Webinars | Funding Opportunities

HUD & USDA Invite Public Comment on Promise Zones Initiative

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a Notice in the Federal Register seeking public comment on the third round of the Promise Zones initiative.

From July 29, 2015 through September 28, 2015, public comments will be accepted on the proposed selection process, criteria, and submissions for the Third Round of the Promise Zone Initiative.

This is an opportunity to provide feedback and suggestions on how the Administration can better support communities to jumpstart economic development, job creation, affordable housing, education, and public safety. Read the Federal Register Notice.

More information is available on the Promise Zones website.

HUD Urban Stakeholder Webcast

On August 11, 2015, HUD held a webinar to provide an overview of the Third Round Promise Zone initiative.

View the PowerPoint slides and the Urban Webcast.

USDA Rural and Tribal Stakeholder Webinars

On August 12, 2015, USDA held two distinct webinars for rural and tribal communities to provide an overview of the Third Round Promise Zones initiative.

View the PowerPoint slides and the Rural Webinar.

View the PowerPoint slides and the Tribal Webinar.

Upcoming Webinars

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Community Services

Integrated Finance Webinar

Recipients of the CED/CED-HFFI grant often need various types of funding: equity, debt and grants, to invest in the necessary property, equipment and/or resources to expand impact in their community. This webinar brings together a panel of financial experts and grantees offering perspectives on an integrated finance approach to leverage grants.

Date: Thursday, September 17, 2015; 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EDT

Register for the Webinar.

Moderator: Matthew Lee, Homegrown Direct


More information is available on the HHS website.

HUD's Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development 

Upcoming Rural Gateway Peer-to-Peer Conference Call
The State of Infrastructure in Rural America: A Discussion of Best Practices

Date: Thursday, September 3, 2015; 2-3 PM EDT

The DOT’s mission is to serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future. DOT works extensively with state and local governments, and community based organizations in Rural America to help address local transportation challenges and concerns. Through technical and financial assistance, DOT helps to build the capacity of rural communities to develop and implement solutions.

Topics to be discussed:

  • Planning Transportation Infrastructure in Rural America (FHWA)
  • Transit to Meet the Needs of Rural Americans (FTA)
  • Transportation Safety (FHWA/NHTSA)
  • Practices and Technical Assistance Across the Department (all)

Conference Call Details:

Call-in instructions and additional materials will be emailed to participants on September 2, 2015. The 60 minute call will include presentations and a Q&A session.

Please RSVP by email to rhed@hud.gov no later than close of business on September 1, 2015.

Program Funding Opportunities

U.S. Department of Education Launches Second Chance Pell Pilot Program for Incarcerated Individuals

As part of the Obama Administration's commitment to create a fairer, more effective criminal justice system, reduce recidivism, and combat the impact of mass incarceration on communities, the Department of Education today announced the Second Chance Pell Pilot program to test new models to allow incarcerated Americans to receive Pell Grants and pursue the postsecondary education with the goal of helping them get jobs, support their families, and turn their lives around.

Through this pilot program, incarcerated individuals who otherwise meet Title IV eligibility requirements and are eligible for release, particularly within the next five years, could access Pell Grants to pursue postsecondary education and training. The goal is to increase access to high-quality educational opportunities and help these individuals successfully transition out of prison and back into the classroom or the workforce. Incarcerated students who receive Pell Grants through this pilot will be subject to cost of attendance restrictions, so Pell Grants can only be used to pay for tuition, fees, books and supplies required by an individual's education program. Incarcerated individuals will not be eligible to receive other types of Federal student aid under this pilot.

Letters of application to participate in the proposed experiment described in this notice must be received by the Department of Education (the Department) no later than October 2, 2015 in order for an institution to receive priority to be considered for participation.

For more information, please read the Federal Register Notice.

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Food and Nutrition Service 

WIC Breastfeeding Curricula and Training Request for Application

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) will fund a new competitive Cooperative Agreement award of up to $1 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 to a qualified applicant to update, develop and implement breastfeeding training curricula for use in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).

This is a competitive, limited solicitation. Only businesses (non-profit organizations or for-profit organizations) with extensive experience in the provision of breastfeeding education and training and breastfeeding course development are eligible for this grant opportunity FNS will not consider applications from entities that do not fit these eligibility criteria.

Application Due Date: The completed application package must be uploaded on www.grants.gov at or before 11:59 p.m. EDT on September 28, 2015

View the Request for Application solicitation.

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