Promise Zone Base Map


The IndyEast Promise Zone designation provides a new way for people on the near eastside of Indianapolis to benefit from grant programs administered by 12 federal agencies through more than 30 programs.

What the designation offers: The Promise Zone designation provides priority consideration for grants submitted to federal agencies by organizations within the Promise Zone or organizations planning work that will benefit citizens who live in the Promise Zone.  (Click here to see a fact sheet about the Promise Zone)

What the designation is not: Promise Zone designation does not provide grant funding for projects or individuals.  Having the “designation” is, however, a special pathway for neighborhoods in the Zone to tap into grant funding.

Lead organization

The lead organization, or coordinator, of the IndyEast Promise Zone is the John Boner Neighborhood Centers (JBNC). It will help to coordinate grant applications by various groups as well as manage the review and consideration of grant applications to endorse grants deemed to benefit people in the Promise Zone. In other words, as lead organization, the John Boner Neighborhood Centers is responsible for ensuring grant applications meet qualified Zone needs and, if they do, JBNC will certify applications to receive additional points by grantors.

Promise Zone grant certification process 

In the interim, organizations that wish to pursue a federal funding opportunity in the Promise Zone should:

  1. Develop project plans and secure project partners.
  2. Research federal agencies to determine which offer grants that could fund the project. 

Explore this link, which provides information on federal agencies that recognize Promise Zones and offer grant programs.  (You may want to click here to see a listing of grant programs with links.)

Click here for detailed information on programs offered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development with priority given to Promise Zones.

  1. Complete the appropriate federal agency’s grant application using internal staff, partner staff or external grant-writing sources. 
  2. Once your grant application is underway, contact the John Boner Neighborhood Centers to request a Promise Zone endorsement for the grant and/or a letter of support.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The review process takes time so please do not wait until your grant deadline to contact JBNC, we recommend at least three weeks for application review.

Checklist for grant certification from JBNC 

For the IndyEast Promise Zone to endorse your grant application, you must submit the following form online:

The form can be found by going to the Promise Zone website and clicking on Grants and then Project Application.

Next steps

The IndyEast Promise Zone committee co-chairs and partners will review your information as quickly as possible. If you have any additional supporting documents, email to: Jon Berg at

If it is determined that your grant will provide benefit to the IndyEast Promise Zone, JBNC will forward a certification form and/or letter of support to you. To receive Promise Zone Priority Points from the granting agency, you will need to include this certification form in your grant submittal package.

REMINDER: Do not wait until the last minute to contact the IEPZ about getting an endorsement and certification for your grant application.

Funding Opportunities
Preference Point Process
Promise Zone Application Form