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The Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Promise Neighborhoods Program CFDA Number 84.215N

Purpose of Program: The Promise Neighborhoods program is newly authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Succeeds Act (ESSA). The purpose of the Promise Neighborhoods program is to significantly improve the academic and developmental outcomes of children living in the most distressed communities of the United States, including ensuring school readiness, high school graduation, and access to a community-based continuum of high-quality services. The program serves neighborhoods with high concentrations of low-income individuals; multiple signs of distress, which may include high rates of poverty, childhood obesity, academic failure, and juvenile delinquency, adjudication, or incarceration; and schools implementing comprehensive support and improvement activities or targeted support and improvement activities under section 1111(d) of the ESEA. All strategies in the continuum of solutions must be accessible to children with disabilities and English learners. Applications for grants under this competition must be submitted electronically using the Apply site ( You must search for the downloadable application package for this competition by the CFDA number. Do not include the CFDA number's alpha suffix in your search (e.g., search for 84.215, not 84.215N).

Funding Source: 
Department of Education
Eligible Grantees: 

Eligible Applicants: Under section 4623 of the ESEA, an eligible organization must: (1) Be representative of the geographic area proposed to be served; (2) Operate or propose to work with and involve in carrying out its proposed project, in coordination with the school's LEA, at least one public elementary or secondary school that is located within the identified geographic area that the grant will serve; (3) Be one of the following: (a) An institution of higher education, as defined in section 102 of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1002); (b) An Indian Tribe or Tribal organization, as defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 5304); or (c) One or more nonprofit entities working in formal partnership with not less than one of the following entities: i. A high-need LEA. ii. An institution of higher education, as defined in section 102 of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1002). iii. The office of a chief elected official of a unit of local government. iv. An Indian Tribe or Tribal organization, as defined under section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 5304); and (4) Currently provide at least one of the solutions from the applicant's proposed pipeline services in the geographic area proposed to be served.

Refugee Career Pathways Program

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) invites eligible entities to submit competitive grant applications for the Refugee Career Pathways (RCP) Program. Through the RCP Program ORR will provide funding to implement projects assisting refugees to qualify for licenses and certifications necessary to attain employment and improve self-sufficiency. Allowable activities will include case management, training and technical assistance, specialized English language training, and mentoring. Grantees may also provide refugee participants with financial assistance for costs related to the establishment or re-establishment of credentials, such as obtaining educational credits or enrollment in required certification programs. Grantees are encouraged to collaborate with professional associations, universities, and others with expertise in this area to facilitate career opportunities in ways that supplement, rather than supplant, existing services.

Funding Source: 
Department of Health and Human Services
Eligible Grantees: 

City or township governments
State governments
Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
County governments
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Independent school districts
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Special district governments
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Private institutions of higher education
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education

Cooperative Agreement: Development of a Model Approach to Arrest Data Analysis

Utilizing information and data specific to LaCrosse, County WI, develop a “model approach" to data analysis to determine arrest trends and provide tracking measures for criminal justice stakeholder review. Additionally, a corresponding curriculum framework will be developed allowing for teaching and learning around data accessibility, accuracy and consistency for the purposes of informing and monitoring data driven practices. The development of this model and framework will allow other localities to develop the capacity to understand and improve their current arrest data collection and analysis practices.

Funding Source: 
National Institute of Corrections
Eligible Grantees: 

NIC invites applications from nonprofit organizations (including faith-based, community, and tribal organizations), for-profit organizations (including tribal for-profit organizations), and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education). Recipients, including for-profit organizations, must agree to waive any profit or fee for services.NIC welcomes applications that involve two or more entities; however, one eligible entity must be the applicant and the others must be proposed as sub-recipients. The applicant must be the entity with primary responsibility for administering the funding and managing the entire program.NIC may elect to make awards for applications submitted under this solicitation in future fiscal years, dependent on the merit of the applications and on the availability of appropriations.

Randomized Controlled Trials to Test Interventions for Frequent Utilizers of Multiple Health, Criminal Justice, and Social Service Systems

This Request for Proposals (RFP) aims to fulfill three primary objectives:

  1. Rigorously evaluate through RCTs the impact of established, manualized frequentutilizer interventions that have been implemented in real-world settings with fidelity to documented models;
  2. Provide an evaluation mechanism for communities that are rapidly expanding their efforts to divert frequent utilizers; and
  3. Build the evidence base, support rigorous research in this growing field, and better inform the work of jurisdictions committed to data-driven government by widely disseminating lessons and final results from this project.

We are particularly interested in proposals to test commonly deployed frequent-utilizer interventions, including crisis intervention teams, therapeutic communities, forensic assertive community treatment (or other adapted versions of assertive community treatment), critical time intervention, cognitive-behavioral therapy, short-term mental health crisis stabilization programs, law enforcement and general health or behavioral health co-responder programs, or programs incorporating a Housing First approach.2 Proposals should target interventions that address some or all of the following outcomes of interest: reduction in arrest and recidivism rates; reduction in the use of medical services such as emergency room visits and hospitalizations; improved health outcomes; housing stability; and economic well-being. We also strongly encourage proposals to evaluate other promising frequent-utilizer interventions that have been implemented in real-world settings with fidelity. We seek a balanced set of research projects that build on the evidence base and generate results applicable to jurisdictions that range in size and capacity.