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Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income: Departments Announce Funding Opportunity for Development and Implementation of Model Demonstration Programs
May 22, 2013

Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE) is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education (ED), the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

Under PROMISE, the Department of Education will fund States to develop and implement model demonstration projects (MDPs) that promote positive outcomes for children who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and their families. Specifically, PROMISE is intended to improve the provision and coordination of services and supports for child SSI recipients and their families to enable them to achieve improved outcomes. These outcomes include graduating from high school ready for college and a career, completing postsecondary education and job training, and obtaining competitive employment in an integrated setting and, as a result, achieving long-term reductions in the child recipients' reliance on SSI.

Through a May 201, 2013 FEDERAL REGISTER notice, the Department of Education has published the final priority for PROMISE with a concurrent announcement about a funding opportunity and the key dates in the application process.  Eligible applicants are the 50 States and the District of Columbia. A consortium of States may also apply.  A grantee, subgrantee, or partner under this program is not eligible to receive funding for the SSA national evaluation contract.

The estimated $1,000,000 in funding availability is expected to support 3 to 6 cooperative agreements.

The deadline for notice of intent to apply is June 20, 2013.  Pre-application webinars will be held on May 30 and June 4.  The pre-application teleconference will be held June 27.  The deadline for transmittal of applications is August 19.