No Gov’t Funding? The Show Must Go On!

07 Dec 2011 |

We know how important the Promise Neighborhoods planning and implementation grants from the Department of Education are. We know how hard communities work to obtain one, and we’ve seen how transformative this funding and approach can be.

But what happens if you don’t get ED funding?

The DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative knows its answer: keep doing the work. Period.

Derek Lieu, for The Chronicle.

Even though DCPNI is not in the running for an implementation grant (due to a technical problem), it’s ready to keep improving the lives of children in the Parkside-Kenilworth neighborhood. Its matching grants are high–as are its spirits–and DCPNI leaders know that there’s little time to waste.

“Little time to waste” is a sentiment shared by all Promise Neighborhood leaders across the country as they look at the challenges facing their neighborhoods and see the potential for real, lasting change. The Department of Education will be announcing the next round of planning and implementation grantees soon, and since there will only be 16 grants awarded, most of the applicants will not receive federal funding. DCPNI has become one model of how to proceed without federal funding. There are many others.

From Seattle to South Tuscon to Chicago, Promise Neighborhoods are rising up, getting funds, forming relationships, and making a difference in the lives of their children. They’re engaging with the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink community of practice, learning from their peers, and taking advantage of the free data systems offered by PNI so that they don’t have to make the choice between providing valuable services and tracking indicators and outcomes.

Stay tuned for more on how communities are remaining committed to building a movement–and how PNI is standing with them. The show must go on!

For now, read the full Chronicle of Philanthropy article on the DCPNI!