Promise Neighborhoods


Promise Neighborhoods is a large-scale, multisector initiative intended to improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children and youth in distressed communities and transform the communities themselves. Promise Neighborhoods require collaborative planning and implementation by a range of partners including local governments and government agencies, schools, and community based nonprofit developers and service providers. They work together to build a cradle-to-career continuum of educational programs and family and community supports.


The program provides funding to support eligible entities, including:

  • nonprofits, which may be faith based
  • institutions of higher education
  • Indian tribes in partnership with their local schools and local education agencies
Role In Creative Placemaking

In communities where a Promise Neighborhood coalition is working, creative placemaking practitioners can seek ways to participate in planning and implementation to incorporate arts and cultural elements into the community plan.


50% of award


San Diego Promise Neighborhood – San Diego, CA

Promise Heights – Baltimore, MD

Role in Creative Placemaking

This section represents our attempt to capture how this specific funding opportunity might fit into a placemaking initiative.


Who can apply? Eligibility is often limited, but in partnership with other entities you may identify an access point, such as subgrant opportunities. This information can help you determine which potential partners in your community might be able to access the funds.

Previous Projects/Grantees

These examples show how these funds have been used for creative or placemaking endeavors in the past, the types of organizations that have successfully accessed the funds and/or the types of activities for which the funds can be used.

Max Award

Maximum funding amounts can vary from year to year. We have provided the most recent information available. Where available, we also include a median or a range in cases in which the maximum is not typical of an average award.

Match Requirement

Most federal programs require some form of cost sharing. This is expressed differently for different agencies and programs. Sometimes a direct 1:1 match is specified. Other times, the application will state the maximum percentage of a project cost that the funding award can cover. We include this information, where available, in order to give you a sense of what to expect when applying for a particular funding program.


Most federal funding programs will require financial and progress reports at least annually, along with a final report. We consider this to be a "moderate" compliance burden. Where a higher degree of data collection and reporting is indicated, we convey that information with a "substantial" rating.