Applications are now open for grants through the Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE) Program, which is a joint initiative from the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Labor, as well as the Social Security Administration. The purpose of the program is to improve outcomes for children and youth, and their families, who receive supplemental income through Social Security, by facilitating improved coordination of services received through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Medicaid, Workforce Investment Act, and other programs, and to increase the use of these services by those who may be eligible but not participating. The program seeks to improve outcomes such as college and career readiness after graduation, completing job training, and reducing the child’s dependence on Supplemental Security Income.
States are eligible to apply for these multi-year grants independently or in a consortium of states. 3-6 applications will be awarded 5 year grants between $22.5 million and $50 million. Applications are due August 19, 2013. For more information on how to apply see the Federal Register notice.