Friday, July 30, 2010

Senate cuts FY 2011 funding for Promise Neighborhoods

The Senate appropriations committee voted to fund Promise Neighborhoods for $20 million next year. Given that the House committee voted to fund Promise Neighborhoods at $60 million, the next step will be to reconcile the differences in conference. The number that comes out of conference would then have to be approved by the House and Senate.

As stated before, this funding is primarily for implementation grants in FY 2011. It does not affect the planning grants for FY 2010. However, this is large step back from what we know is needed to support communities working to create a more positive future for children and families.

We at the Center for the Study of Social Policy will continue to monitor this process and work with other organizations (including Harlem's Children Zone, PolicyLink, and United Neighborhood Centers for America) to secure support for this important program.

Communities can also use their individual and collective voice through local partnerships to lift up interventions that we know are producing results for kids and advocate  for continued support of the Promise Neighborhood initiative's goals of results-based and community-based solutions to improving outcomes for children.

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