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North Hartford Promise Zone Grant Opportunities

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Below you will find grant opportunities that align with the six North Hartford Promise Zone goal areas.  Available grants and resources will be posted as they are released.   


Job Creation/Workforce Development

  • A reentry Projects - 66,000,000
    Anticipated publication February, 2017: Awards in June 2017.

    The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) plans to award approximately $66 million to fund Reentry Projects which provide the opportunity for organizations to build customized projects built on evidence-based and informed interventions or promising practices that will lead to improved employment outcomes for either young adults between the ages of 18 to 24 who have been involved in either the juvenile or adult justice system or adults ages 25 or older who have been incarcerated in the adult criminal justice system and released from prison or jail within 180 days; all participants must reside in high-poverty, high-crime communities. Applicants must demonstrate evidence-based and informed interventions or promising practices that lead to increased employment outcomes for this population in their selected geographic area and in framing their goals and objectives to deal with this issue.

    Applicants may submit up to two applications in response to this announcement, one for each target population; applicants must not propose to serve both target populations in the same application. In each applications, applicants must apply either as an intermediary organization (for the purpose of this announcement intermediary organizations are defined as organizations that have an affiliate network or offices in at least three communities and across at least two states) or as a community-based organization (for the purpose of this announcement, community-based organizations are organizations with single sites or multiple sites within one state). Eligible applicants targeting adults are limited to community- or faith-based organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit status located in urbanized areas or urban clusters, as defined by the US Census Bureau; eligible applicants targeting young adults are limited to community- or faith-based organizations with IRS 501(c)(3# nonprofit status (including women’s and minority organizations), state or local governments, or any Indian and Native American entity eligible for grants under Section 166 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

    The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) plans to award approximately 28 grants totaling $66 million to eligible organizations. ETA anticipates awarding 8 grants to intermediary organizations, 4 proposing to serve adults and 4 proposing to serve young adults, of up to $4.5 million each; ETA anticipates awarding 20 grants to community-based organizations, 10 proposing to serve adults and 10 proposing to serve young adults, of up to $1.5 million each.
  • Promoting Entrepreneurship and Job Creation through Worker-Owned Businesses: A recent Shelterforce article looks at how creating worker-owned businesses can promote entrepreneurship and job opportunities in low-income areas. It profiles policies and practices from Richmond, VA, Austin, TX, and Oakland, CA.
  • Signature Employment Grants Available from Kessler Foundation                                                                         The Kessler Foundation has opened applications to its Signature Employment Grants program.  The program funds initiatives to help unemployment and underemployment of people with disabilities.  Grants are typically awarded throughout the country, the Foundation is prioritizing programs serving disabled Americans in rural areas and places with limited services.  Non-profits, public or private schools, and public institutions are eligible to apply for funding.  The deadline for grant concepts is March 17 and invited proposals must be submitted by July 10.  More details are available here.


Public Safety/Reducing Serious and Violent Crime

  • Funding for Programs to Prevent Youth Violence: The Office of Minority Health (OMH) in the Department of Health and Human Services announced funds for the Minority Youth Violence Prevention II program. The program emphasizes integrating social determinants of health with community policing approaches and a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach. OMH will award 11 grants of up to $425,000 per year for four years. The deadline to apply is April 4, 2017. 



Educational Opportunities

  • a. YouthBuild Program: approximately $80 million
    Anticipated Funding Opportunity Announcement – February 2017: Awards in June 2017

     YouthBuild is a community-based alternative education program for youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who are high school dropouts or those who previously dropped out and subsequently re-enrolled, adjudicated youth, youth in and aging out of foster care, youth with disabilities, and other disadvantaged youth populations. The YouthBuild program simultaneously addresses several core issues important to low-income communities: affordable housing, education, employment, leadership development, and energy efficiency. These grants will be awarded to organizations to oversee the provision of education, occupational skills training, and employment services to disadvantaged youth. This FOA will award approximately 80 grants across the country. Individual grants will range from $700,000 to $1.1 million and require an exact 25 percent match from applicants, using sources other than federal funding. The grant period of performance for this FOA is 40 months, including a four-month planning period. For more information on YouthBuild, please visit https://www.doleta.gov/Youth_services/YouthBuild.cfm.

    b. Workforce Data Quality Initiative Grants: approximately $6 million
    Anticipated Funding Opportunity Announcement – February 2017: Awards in June 2017

    The Department of Labor will make up to $6 million in awards under the sixth round of the Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI). This grant program provides funding and technical assistance to states building or expanding their workforce longitudinal administrative databases. Data in the workforce longitudinal administrative databases are matched, at the individual-level, with data from pre-kindergarten to post-secondary education programs while protecting individual privacy, to provide a more complete picture of the relationship between education, training, and employment. The WDQI complements the Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems program administered by the Department of Education. States use their longitudinal administrative databases to evaluate the performance of federally and state-supported education and job training programs. Through the longitudinal administrative database, states also are able to produce tools, in an easy to display format such as dashboards and scorecards, using training provider performance information and outcomes. These user-friendly tools can help consumers make more informed decisions when selecting a training program and/or provider. New in round six of WDQI, one state will be eligible to receive an award up to $2,750,000 to integrate their state case management, performance reporting, and/or fiscal reporting system into the longitudinal administrative database. ETA believes that this funding will help support WIOA implementation activities and develop best practices for system integration that other states can use as they move towards linking other external IT systems into their longitudinal administrative database.
  • Upcoming Webinar on TANF and WIOA to Support Two-Generation Efforts: On February 16, 2017, the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Dept of Labor will host a webinar on how Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding can support two-generation efforts, which pair programming targeting children with programming for parents. Additionally, HHS’ Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse published a Selections Report – a compilation of research – on two-generation approaches.
  • Recorded Webinar on Approach to Improve Student Behavior and Learning: The American Youth Policy Forum recently posted a recorded webinar exploring what districts and school leaders can do to incorporate Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). Practitioners that work with children in poverty can improve child behavior and increase learning capacity by incorporating social and emotional education into educational programming. 


Health and Wellness


Examples of activities under each category are available in the grant announcement.




No current opportunities.  Please check back periodically.


Economic Development

  • a. Economic Development Assistance Programs
    The Economic Development Administration's (EDA's) mission is to lead the Federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, reparing American regions for economic growth and success in the worldwide economy. More information... Application Deadline: Rolling

    b. HHS-2017-ACF-OCS-EE-1213 Community Economic Development Projects Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families – OCS

    The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Community Services (OCS) will award approximately $27.2 million in Community Economic Development (CED) discretionary grant funds to Community Development Corporations (CDC) for well-planned, financially viable, and innovative projects to enhance job creation and business development for individuals with low-income. CED grants will be made as part of a broader strategy to address objectives such as decreasing dependency on federal programs, chronic unemployment, and community deterioration in urban and rural areas. CED projects are expected to actively recruit individuals with low-income to fill the positions created by CED-funded development activities, to assist those individuals to successfully hold those jobs and to ensure that the businesses and jobs created remain viable for at least one year after the end of the grant period. CED-funded projects can be non-construction or construction projects, however, short-term construction jobs associated with preparing for business startup or expansion are not counted when determining the number of jobs created under the CED program as they are designed to be temporary in nature. OCS is encouraging applications from CDCs to target rural areas and underserved areas in states without current projects. Furthermore, OCS is encouraging projects that align with the Promise Zones Initiative or Choice Neighborhoods Program.








  • Art Works Grant Program Encouraging Public Engagement in the Arts: The National Endowment for the Arts is accepting applications for Art Works, a grant program that supports the creation of excellent art, encourages public engagement with diverse and public art, facilitates lifelong learning in the arts, and strengthens communities through art. Matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. There will be two rounds of application reviews and awards. The deadline for the first round of applications is February 16, 2017; the deadline for the second round is July 13, 2017.
  • Strong Foundations: The Economic Futures of Kids and Communities: The Federal Reserve System will host a conference exploring the connection between child development and neighborhood revitalization. The conference will be March 23-24, 2017, in Washington, DC. Registration ends on February 24, 2017
  • Resource Guide for Local Governments to Expand Broadband Access: The National Resource Network worked with six cities to produce a resource guide, Access and Inclusion in the Digital Age, to share lessons learned about expanding internet access and increasing digital literacy, including overcoming common obstacles.
  • Communication Guide for Reaching and Engaging Hispanic Communities: The Child Trends Hispanic Institute, in collaboration with the Crimsonbridge Foundation, assembled a guidebook and webinar to help service providers and educators develop more effective strategies to reach and engage Latino and Hispanic families.
  • Resident Voices from a Collaborative Planning Effort in DC: The Urban Institute partnered with residents of Benning Terrace to design and test a program for youth. This article provides the residents’ feedback on their experience participating in the design of the program, and offers some suggestions to inform other communities engaged in community planning efforts.


Promise Zone Preference Points Application Form

Preference point recommendation will be provided to a partner organization that can demonstrate how their program/project meets one or several of the Promise Zone goals.The City of Hartford is able to certify only one grant proposal per competition, so it is important to contact the Promise Zone Director early in the process to determine if other local groups are interested in a particular grant opportunity. The City of Hartford encourages local groups to partner whenever possible when there is more than one group interested. Organizations must submit a completed and signed Request for North Hartford Promise Zone Certification to the Promise Zone Director least 2 weeks in advance of the grant due date.


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