1. What is a Promise Zone?
2. What are the goals of the IndyEast Promise Zone?
- Live IndyEast: We promise to create an economically diverse community by promoting housing redevelopment that embraces existing and new residents. We aim to accomplish this by recapturing vacant housing and developing new and affordable options.
- Work IndyEast: We promise to develop vibrant neighborhood zones of business activity, industries, and commerce in which residents are employed in living wage jobs. We aim to accomplish this through entrepreneurship, industrial reuse, and job training.
- Buy IndyEast: We promise to create healthy commercial corridors that provide desirable neighborhood goods, services and amenities that serve our residents and become a regional destination for shopping, dining, and recreation.
- Safe IndyEast: We promise to create a welcoming environment in which all families and visitors feel safe and secure. We aim to accomplish this by focused efforts on crime prevention, youth intervention programming, and supportive reentry services.
- Learn IndyEast: We promise all children will receive exceptional education from birth to adulthood including developmentally appropriate early childhood services, high quality and innovative schools and access to post-secondary education and training.
3. Where is the Promise Zone?
4. How long does the Promise Zone designation last?
5. Is there funding associated with the designation? What about in future years?
When a Promise Zone is designated, the federal government helps designees access the resources needed to carry out the strategic plan for which they were competitively selected.
This doesn’t mean that the Promise Zone will be offered all the funding they request, but they will be provided preferred access, as permissible under program rules, to the federal resources required to carry out their competitively selected strategic plan.
6. What are the benefits of a Promise Zone?
- Five AmeriCorps VISTA members located in our neighborhood to help with the work
- A federal liaison to help us navigate participating federal programs and opportunities
- Technical assistance from participating federal agencies
- Preference points for certain competitive federal grant programs
While there are no guarantees of funding, these benefits and this designation provide our neighborhood a competitive advantage when applying for funding for specific projects and programs.
7. What is the role of the John Boner Neighborhood Centers? The City of Indianapolis?
8. How were the borders of the Promise Zone decided?
9. What are Preference Points?
10. How does an organization get preference points on their grant applications?
11. How do I learn more about the Promise Zone?