New Grant Opportunity for Disconnected Youth Offers Freedom to Innovate

New Grant Opportunity for Disconnected Youth Offers Freedom to Innovate

On August 15, federal agencies published a notice inviting applications for round 3 of Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth (P3), a unique interagency initiative that offers local, state, and tribal governments the freedom to innovate to improve the outcomes of some of the nation’s neediest youth.

Up to 10 pilots will be given the opportunity to obtain waivers of program requirements that impede effective service delivery, as well as the ability to blend together funds from multiple programs, eliminating the need to account for and report on them separately. Pilots also receive small start-up grants that can fund administrative expenses, data collection, evaluation and other activities that support effective implementation of the pilot.

P3 pilots must propose to use FY 2016 funds, and include at least two Federal programs that target disconnected youth or are designed to prevent youth from disconnecting, and that provide education, training, employment, and other related social services. They can include discretionary programs administered by the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, and Labor, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. A list of examples of eligible programs appears in the application package. Mandatory funds such as TANF, Medicaid, Social Security, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, and most Foster Care IV-E programs cannot be blended in a pilot, but can support a pilot as a braided resource. However, there is no authority to offer waivers or flexibilities for these programs under P3.

The deadline for applications is October 31, 2016. For additional information about P3, please visit