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Last Round of Promise Zones

Obama Administration Announces Competition to Designate the Third and
Final Round of Promise Zones

The Obama Administration invites a new round of eligible applicants to apply for a Promise Zone designation.  Urban, rural, and tribal communities nationwide are invited to put forward plans to address multiple community revitalization challenges in a collaborative way.

Any community meeting the eligibility criteria can apply for a designation.  HUD and USDA will designate 7 Promise Zones across urban, rural and tribal communities in the Spring of 2016.

A non-binding Application Request Form is due by February 19, 2016 EST.  All Application submissions must be received by 5:00pm EST on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 via MAX Survey.

A Notice has been posted to the Federal Register with information on how to apply.

View the urban, rural and tribal application guides, the Promise Zone Fact Sheetthe Frequently Asked Questions, and the schedule for informational webcasts and webinars on HUD’s website.

Application related questions should be directed by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To receive information about upcoming webcasts, webinars, and funding and technical assistance opportunities, please join the Promise Zone mailing list.  

PZ getting distant learning and telemedicne funds

On National Rural Health Day, USDA Announces $23.4 Million in Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants for 75 Projects in 31 States

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is investing $23.4 million in 75 projects across 31 states and the Western Pacific to expand distance learning and telemedicine opportunities in rural areas.

“Rural communities often lack access to specialized medical care or advanced educational opportunities necessary for stronger rural economies,” Vilsack said, noting that today is National Rural Health Day. “These grants will help increase access to health care and many other essential services.”

The grants are being provided through USDA Rural Development’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine program. They may be used to purchase equipment to provide educational and telemedicine services to rural communities.

One of the recipients, the North Slope Borough (Alaska), is receiving a $420,027 grant to purchase video equipment to link six Native Alaskan clinics, four end-user sites and Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital. The project will increase access to emergency medical care, examinations, and behavioral health and specialized services.

Another recipient, the Baptist Healthcare System, Inc. in Corbin, Ky., will receive a $182,566 grant to install teleconferencing and telehealth equipment for

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