On June 6, 2016, Nashville, Tennessee was designated a Promise Zone Community. One of the benefits of receiving Promise Zone designation is the ability of organizations to receive preference points in certain federal funding opportunities announced by Promise Zone partner agencies. These funding opportunities may include a preference for proposals from Promise Zone communities, which may improve an applicant’s competitiveness in the grant process. The federal partner agencies determine how many preference points are awarded for Promise Zone communities. To be eligible for preference points, an organization must obtain a certification from the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA), or his designee, that its application furthers the goals and objective of the Nashville Promise Zone (NPZ). Certification does not guarantee funding.
In the spirit of the Promise Zone, we encourage partnerships among organizations, rather than competition for funding. In the event more than one agency in the Promise Zone expresses an interest in the same funding opportunity, we advise collaboration. We reserve the right to certify only one application per funding opportunity.
The preference point application is expected to be available in September 2017.
For more information about Promise Zone Preference Points, contact:
Angela C. Hubbard