The Kentucky Highlands Promise Zone receives no direct grant funding or tax credits. However, organizations within the Promise Zone receive preference points and priority consideration for selected Federal competitive grants and priority access to opportunities for demonstration and pilot programs. These programs will change throughout the 10-year Promise Zone designation period. The current list of opportunities includes:

U.S. Department of Agriculture – Community Facilities Grant Program; Self-Help Section 523 Technical Assistance; Housing Preservation Grant; Rural Community Development Initiative

U.S. Department of Commerce – Economic Development Assistance Program

U.S. Department of Education –Promise Neighborhoods; School Climate Preservation Grants; Project Prevent Grant; GEAR UP; Charter Schools Program – Replication & Expansion Grant; Full Service Community Schools Grant

Corporation for National & Community Service – Americorps VISTA (5 members assigned to the Promise Zone); Social Innovation Fund

U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development – Choice Neighborhoods Program

U.S. Small Business Administration – Micro-Entrepreneurship Initiative; HUB Zone Program; Women’s Business Center Training

U.S. Department of Justice – Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program; COPS Hiring Program

U.S. Department of Labor – Opportunity Youth Demonstration Project; YouthBuild; Reintegration of Ex-Offenders

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services – Community Health Centers; Community Services Block Grant; Healthy Start; Assets for Independence

More information on each opportunity can be found at federal agency websites and at