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Promise Zones Update: Third Round Competition | Philanthropic Opportunities | Funding and Technical Assistance Opportunities | Upcoming Webinars | Award Opportunities 

Third Round Competition – Applications Due Tomorrow, February 23, 2016 at 5:00 PM EST

Thank you for your interest in the final round of the Promise Zones competition. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM EST on February 23, 2016. Applicants may now submit and then re-edit their applications at any time up until the Application deadline Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 5:00 PM EST by using the token link provided in their Application Invitation email. If an applicant has already submitted their application, and then goes back and makes edits to their application after submission, they must then re-submit their application before the deadline in order for those edits to be saved. The application will close and absolutely no submissions will be accepted after Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 5:00 PM EST. Busy servers, slow processing, or upload issues are not valid reasons for extensions.

Communities that are submitting an application for an urban designation are encouraged to review the Application Checklist prior to their final submission.

More information is available at the Promise Zones webpage.

Philanthropic Opportunities

U.S. Conference of Mayors, Wells Fargo 2016 CommunityWINS Grant Program
Launched in 2015, the CommunityWINS grant program includes a $3million investment by the Wells Fargo Foundation over three years to support neighborhood revitalization, economic development and job creation in local municipalities.

Deadline: March 18, 2016

View the Community WINS Grant Program Application.

Funding and Technical Assistance Opportunities

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Strategic Economic and Community Development

Section 6025 of the 2014 Farm Bill enables the Secretary of Agriculture to provide priority to projects that support strategic economic and community development plans. The result of that is a provision called Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD). The purpose of SECD is to advance projects which support long-term community and economic growth strategies that reflect both multi-jurisdictional stakeholder collaboration and capitalize upon the unique strengths of the rural area. Through this provision, USDA Rural Development is empowered to work further with rural communities to align resources with long-range and multi-jurisdictional challenges and needs by leveraging federal, state, local, or private funding.

Deadline: June 30, 2016

View the Strategic Economic and Community Development NOFA.

Department of Housing and Urban Development
Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017 Comprehensive Housing Counseling Grant Program NOFA

The purpose of HUD’s Housing Counseling Grant Program is to provide funds that shall be used for providing counseling and advice to tenants and homeowners, both current and prospective, with respect to property maintenance, financial management/ and literacy, and such other matters as may be appropriate to assist program clients in improving their housing conditions, meeting their financial needs, and fulfilling the responsibilities of tenancy or homeownership. Funding provided under this NOFA is intended to support HUD approved housing counseling agencies to respond flexibly to the needs of residents and neighborhoods, and deliver a wide variety of housing counseling services to homebuyers, homeowners, renters, and the homeless. This NOFA plays an integral role in the continued stabilization of our nation’s housing market by helping individuals and families obtain housing and stay in their homes through responsible homeownership or affordable rental housing. Traditionally underserved populations, such as minorities, the elderly, veterans, persons with disabilities, persons with limited English proficiency and residents of rural areas, face unique housing and economic challenges. HUD’s Comprehensive Housing Counseling Grant Program funds housing agencies that provide expert, unbiased guidance and information to help families and individuals meet their housing needs and improve their financial situations. Moreover, HUD grant funding supports housing counseling agencies that act as an important safeguard in the prevention of housing scams and discrimination. These housing counseling agencies are able to act as an important gateway to local, state, federal and private housing assistance and resources.

Deadline: April 4, 2016

View the NOFA.

More information is available on HUD’s website.

Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017 Housing Counseling Training Grant Program NOFA

The purpose of this assistance is to continue investing in the creation and maintenance of a professional and effective housing counseling industry that is able to meaningfully assist consumers by providing them with the information they need to make informed housing choices, and maximizes the impact of Federal funding appropriated for HUD’s Housing Counseling Program.

HUD recognizes that counselors may specialize in specific housing counseling topics and that generally counselors will need more than general housing counseling training in order to provide high quality services that include general and specialized housing counseling topics.

This NOFA provides notice of a grant program that supports the provision of both basic housing counseling training and specialized topics of training to help meet these perceived needs. This financial support will assist housing counseling agencies to increase the use of partnerships with local and state-wide organizations to provide additional place based training on state and local issues. In addition this support should result in an increased number of training scholarships.

Deadline:  April 4, 2016

View the NOFA.

More information is available on HUD’s website.

Department of Health and Human Services
HHS Grants Forecast

The Department of Health and Human Services' Grants Forecast is a database of planned grant opportunities proposed by its agencies. Each Forecast record contains actual or estimated dates and funding levels for grants that the agency intends to award during the fiscal year. Forecast opportunities are subject to change based on enactment of congressional appropriations.  Please note that communities have the ability to tailor search results.

View the HHS Grants Forecast list.

Current, Future, and Past Funding Opportunities

HUD has compiled a list of funding and technical assistance opportunities of the Promise Zone partner agencies. The excel spreadsheet includes a list of:

  • Programs that provide priority points or priority consideration
  • Programs that do not provide preferences but will help further the goals outlined in Promise Zone plans
  • HUD NOFA Forecast

This list will be periodically updated as agencies identify future opportunities. View the list of current, future and past funding opportunities.

Upcoming Webinars

Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policy and Practice: Redesigning Strategies
Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 3:00 PM EST
Sponsor: Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
Register for this webinar.

Pathways to Opportunity: Housing, Transportation, and Social Mobility
Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 2:00 - 4:00 PM EST
Sponsor: The Brookings Institution
Brookings Vice President and Director of the Metropolitan Policy Program Amy Liu will moderate a conversation between U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx focused on the respective efforts of their agencies to expand access to opportunity. The conversation will be followed by a response from a panel of experts representing metropolitan areas across the country who will discuss the local level efforts.
Attend the event | Register for the webcast

SAMHSA Webinar to support System of Care Grant Applicants
Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 3:00 - 4:00 PM EST
The TA Network, on behalf of SAMHSA, will host a webinar to support applicants responding to the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the Cooperative Agreements for Expansion and Sustainability of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program. The purpose of this program is to improve mental health outcomes for children and youth, ages birth to 21 years, with serious emotional disturbances, and their families.
Register for this webinar.

FY 2016-2017 Comprehensive Housing Counseling Grant Webinar
February 25, 2016, 2:00 – 3:30 PM EST
The Office of Housing Counseling will discuss the FY16-17 NOFA for HUD’s Comprehensive Housing Counseling Grant Program, and will cover changes to the application process including the new charts, funding methodology, the rating factors with information on specific charts, as well as submission requirements and other technical issue.
Register for this webinar.

FY 2016-2017 Housing Counseling Training Grant Program Webinar
March 2, 2016, 2:00 – 3:30 PM EST
The Office of Housing Counseling will discuss the FY16-17 NOFA for HUD’s Housing Counseling Training Grant Program, and will cover changes to the application process including the new charts, funding methodology, the rating factors with information on specific charts, as well as submission requirements and other technical issue.
Register for this webinar.

Award Opportunities

The Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships - Housing and Community Development in Action

Housing and Community Development in Action
Deadline: March 7, 2016

The Secretary’s Awards for Public- Philanthropic Partnerships recognize excellence in partnerships that have both transformed the relationship between the sectors and led to measurable benefits in terms of increased economic employment, health, safety, education, sustainability, inclusivity and cultural opportunities, and/or housing access for low-and moderate-income families.
View the Application Form.

Grants Awarded

Sacramento Housing Authority receives $2.7 million JobsPlus Pilot Award from HUD to support pathways to employment and self-sufficiency for public housing residents.
Read the SHRA News Release.

Choctaw Nation awarded $11.6 million dollars FY 2016 Indian Housing Block Grant Funds
Read the HUD News Release.

Kentucky Highland Investment Corporation awarded PZ Federal Grant Procurement Mentoring Pilot Program
Read the Announcement

Expanding Opportunity, Increasing Impact

Philadelphia AmeriCorps VISTA Member: Shanise Williams


Shanise Williams
Housing and Resident Engagement Coordinator

Shanise Williams is a native of Philadelphia in her second Vista term as the Housing and Resident Engagement Coordinator for the West Philadelphia Promise Zone. Shanise was responsible for last year’s Housing Education workshop series that traveled around to the various neighborhoods of the Promise Zone providing information and resources on everything from renting and landlord tenant issues to buying/repairing a home and dealing with tangled titles.

In her second year, Shanise joined forces with the Promise Zone Health and Wellness committee to create a Health and Housing series. She is also responsible for providing an orientation to residents as they get involved in various Promise Committees. Shanise has been a tremendous assets to the Promise Zone team and hopes to remain connected to this type of work after concluding her Vista service.

Publications

Kirwan Institute Regional Report, Strengthening the Pine Ridge Economy. This Equity and Opportunity Assessment identifies key strategies to create greater vibrancy and equity in reservation-based economic activity—to increase prosperity and quality of life for both the Oglala Lakota people and the region as a whole.

Promise Zones in the News

USDA Blog:  Envisioning a Stronger Economy for Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

Philly Voice: Penn Receives $1.4 million CDC grant for West Philly Promise Zone


 
            
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