Funding guide

Department of Education - Promise Neighborhoods


Broadband Funding Guide

Department of Education


Federal Agency

Department of Education

Agency Overview

The U.S. Department of Education promotes student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. The Department recognizes the importance of access to high-speed broadband both inside and outside of school as critical for expanding educational and career opportunities for students—particularly those in rural, tribal, or under-resourced communities—and is committed to identifying Department funds that can be used to support access to broadband.

Program Name

Promise Neighborhoods

Program Overview

The purpose of Promise Neighborhoods is to significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children and youth in our most distressed communities, and to transform those communities by—

  1. Identifying and increasing the capacity of eligible entities that are focused on achieving results for children and youth throughout an entire neighborhood;
  2. Building a complete continuum of cradle-to-career solutions of both educational programs and family and community supports, with great schools at the center;
  3. Integrating programs and breaking down agency “silos” so that solutions are implemented effectively and efficiently across agencies;
  4. Developing the local infrastructure of systems and resources needed to sustain and scale up proven, effective solutions across the broader region beyond the initial neighborhood; and 
  5. Learning about the overall impact of the Promise Neighborhoods program and about the relationship between particular strategies in Promise Neighborhoods and student outcomes, including through a rigorous evaluation of the program.

Program Purpose
  • Planning (e.g. feasibility)
  • Broadband Infrastructure (e.g. construction)
Eligible Recipients
  • Higher Education Institutions
  • State and Local Governments
  • Tribal Entities
  • Non-Profit Organizations

Agency Contact

Elson Nash
Elson.Nash@ed.gov

Funding Type

Grant

FY2018 Funding Amount

$78,254,000

FY2019 Funding Amount

$78,254,000

Additional Information

This is one of a number of Department programs that provides funds that could be used to support broadband access.  However, the allowability of costs is always situation specific.  For that reason, if you decide to use funds under this program for costs related to broadband access, you must be sure that the use of the funds is, under the specific circumstances of the expenditure, reasonable and necessary and does not violate other program requirements, such as supplement not supplant. We also note that, while funds under this program can be on broadband access, its primary focus and purpose is not primarily focused on that issue.