New Federal Grants Program Targets Disconnected Youth

The Obama Administration has released information on a new initiative, Performance Partnership Pilot (P3).

The P3 program is targeted to serve disconnected youth across the nation. States, tribes, and municipalities can apply for a Performance Partnership Pilot grant and test innovative, outcome-focused strategies to achieve significant improvements for disconnected youth in educational, employment, mental health and other key outcomes.

For this announcement, “disconnected youth” are defined as individuals between the ages of 14 and 24 who are low-income, and either homeless, in foster care, involved in the juvenile justice system, unemployed, or not enrolled in, or at risk of dropping out of, an educational institution. 

Up to 10 pilots will be chosen and receive start-up grants ranging from $400,000-$700,000. In addition to the P3 dollars, chosen applicants will be able to blend funds that they already receive from different discretionary programs administered by the Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services and the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

This new model allows organizations to manage their federal dollars more effectively. By providing flexibility in funds, organizations will have fewer administrative obstacles and more freedom to decide where the funds should be used.

Applications are available now. Applicants must submit a letter of intent by January 8, 2015. Full proposlas are due March 4,2015.

There will be a P3 National Webinar on December 1st from 3:30-5pm.  You can register here. The recorded webinar will available on-line after the event.

 Judith Fenlon is the money and business editor of The Chronicle of Social Change.

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