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Promise Zones

President Barack Obama talks with students and law enforcement officials about community relations and programs that build trust between youth and the police, at the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Camden, N.J., May 18, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Third Round Promise Zones Competition

Thank you for your interest in the final round of the Promise Zones competition.

HUD intends to designate five urban communities and USDA intends to designate one rural and one tribal community. Applications for Promise Zone designations will be reviewed by representatives from the federal agencies affiliated with the initiative. Announcements will be made in the Spring of 2016.

Urban, rural, and tribal Promise Zone applicants were asked to put together a clear description of how the Promise Zone designation would accelerate and strengthen the community’s own efforts at comprehensive community revitalization.

All Promise Zones will receive priority access to federal investments that further their strategic plans, federal staff on the ground to help them implement their goals, and five full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members to recruit and manage volunteers and strengthen the capacity of the Promise Zone initiatives. Promise Zone designations will have a term of ten years and may be extended as necessary to capture the full term of availability of the Promise Zone tax incentives if enacted by Congress.

For the Third Round Promise Zones competition, 82 applications submitted representing 38 states and Puerto Rico.

View the Third Round Promise Zones Competition Infographic.

View the list of applicants.

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Promise Zones News & Announcements

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Promise Zones Overview

Federal Resources for Rural and Tribal Communities

Funding and Technical Assistance Opportunities

2015 Promise Zone Federal Programs - Excel Spreadsheet

Certification Form and Guidance for Promise Zone Preference Points or Priority/Special Consideration

Community Development Marketplace

Third Round Press Release

Draft Overview of Promise Zone's Communications, Reporting & Data Sharing Framework

Archived Materials

Competition Application Material Archive

Promise Zones Competition Webcast Archive


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