Eastside neighbors, students to benefit from grant

Eastside neighbors, students to benefit from grant

The United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County unwrapped an early gift this week from the Obama administration.

The local nonprofit is one of five organizations nationwide who will receive the Promise Neighborhoods Implementation Grant, which will bring $4.6 million for the first round. The grant will supplement the $302,000 planning grant it received last fall to improve schools in underserved areas.

Over 200 organizations from across the nation applied for the 2011 Neighborhood Promise planning and implementation grants. The United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County was one of the lucky recipients along with the Westminster Foundation (Buffalo, N.Y.), Northside Achievement Zone (Minneapolis, Minn.), Berea College (Clay, Jackson, and Owsley Counties, Ky.) and California State University – East Bay (Hayward, Calif.)

The 2011 Promise Neighborhood grants program identifies high-need, impoverished areas and aims to provide resources from early learning to college and career readiness. The grant will service the Eastside neighborhoods focusing on schools that feed into Sam Houston High School, including Wheatley Middle School and Bowden, Washington and Perishing Elementary Schools along with Tynan Early Childhood Center.

Organizations supporting the neighborhood revitalization include the City of San Antonio, the San Antonio Independent School District, the San Antonio Housing Authority, Family Service Association, the P-16 Council of Bexar County, City Year, CINOW, and neighborhood leaders.

Community Benefits
Residents of the community will see improvement in health services, safety and increased access to learning technology and internet connectivity.

Read more about the grant award at the United Way of SA News section.
Learn more about the 2011 Promise Neighborhood Grant Programs at the U.S. Department of Education web site.