by guest blogger Andrew Ujifusa
Another $60 million in grants for the Promise Neighborhoods program will be made available by the U.S. Department of Education, both for existing grantees and for a new round of grants, the department announced Friday.
The Promise Neighborhoods program provides support to a range of youth services, from K-12 education and early-learning programs to health and safety initiatives in neighborhoods, and access to learning technology. The department specified in a statement that the next rounds of grants can be used inside and outside of schools, and can also be used to "establish data systems to record and share the community's development and progress."
In this upcoming round, the department will provide $27 million for up to seven new Promise Neighborhood grants. The grants will be made annually for three to five years. An additional $7 million will fund 14 new, smaller grants of about $500,000 each.
The remaining grant funds will provide second-year funding to the five programs that received grants in 2011.
In 2010, 21 grantees were awarded $10 million in Promise Neighborhood funding in the first year of grant competition.