In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Obama announced that he would designate 20 Promise Zones nationwide: urban, rural, and tribal communities where the Administration would partner with local leaders to create jobs, increase economic activity, improve educational opportunities, and reduce violent crime. On January 9, 2014, the first urban, rural, and tribal Promise Zones were announced in a ceremony at the White House. They are located in: San Antonio, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Southeastern Kentucky, and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
For communities selected, the federal government will partner to help the Promise Zones access the resources and expertise they need. To date, there are twelve federal agencies working in close collaboration to provide resources and expertise to urban, rural, and tribal Promise Zones to expand economic mobility and opportunity in their communities.
Promise Zones Overview
Federal Resources for Rural and Tribal Communities
Promise Zones First Round Designees Fact Sheets
Second Round Promise Zones Competition
Thank you for your interest in this year’s Promise Zone competition.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) intends to designate six urban communities and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) intends to designate at least one rural and at least one tribal in this application cycle.
HUD will publish a list of all of the lead applicants who submitted urban, rural, and tribal applications in this application cycle. The list of applicants will be posted on www.hud.gov/promisezones shortly after the application deadline.
Applications for Promise Zone designations will be reviewed by representatives from HUD, USDA, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Education, the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Justice, the Department of Labor, National Endowment for the Arts, Small Business Administration, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Treasury and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
No grant funds come with a Promise Zone designation. However, eligible applicants in Promise Zones will receive any available preference for certain competitive federal programs and technical assistance. In 2014, 12 federal agencies and 35 programs are participating in the Promise Zone initiative.
To view the list of federal programs affiliated with the Promise Zone initiative, please go to the Funding and Technical Assistance Opportunities Web Page.November 2014 Application Checklist Materials
WHITE HOUSE FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Launches Second Promise Zone Competition to Create Economic Opportunity
FACT SHEET: Second Round Promise Zones Designation
Federal Register Notice
Federal Register Notice (Line Number Version)
Application Guide - Urban
Application Guide - Rural and Tribal
Response to Public Comments
FAQs (Updated November 2014)
Promise Zones Mapping Tool