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Federal Funding Opportunity: Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income

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.

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. 

  • Type of Award: Cooperative agreements.
  • Estimated Available Funds: $100,000,000. Dependent upon the number of awards that are made, these funds would largely be used to support years one and two, and possibly year three, of PROMISE project activities.
  • Estimated Range of Awards: $22,500,000-$50,000,000 for 5 years.
  • Estimated Average Award Size: $37,500,000 for 5 years.
  • Estimated Number of Awards: 3 to 6.
  • Contingent upon the quality of applications, the Secretary will make an award to at least one consortium applicant in this competition.
  • Maximum Award: $50,000,000 for 5 years.
  • Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: June 20, 2013.
  • Dates of Pre-Application Webinars: May 30, 2013 and June 4, 2013.
  • Date of Pre-Application Teleconference: June 27, 2013.
  • Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: August 19, 2013.

For further information about the pre-application webinars and teleconference, see the PROMISE website at

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