RURAL PROJECT: Grant Announced

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The Mid-Iowa Community Action, Inc,. a Marshalltown-based human services agency, has received a grant award from the U.S. Department of Education. 

The award of $495,000 will go toward planning the implementation of a Promise Neighborhoods program. 

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced Rogers Promise Neighborhood Project in Marshalltown, Iowa as one of 17 winners of the 2012 Promise Neighborhoods $60 million grant fund during a school safety speech in Washington, D.C.  

“Children must be safe, healthy, and supported by adults across an entire community to reach their fullest potential,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “Congratulations to the Rogers Promise Neighborhood Project for their work to provide families and children with the support they need to help break the cycle of poverty in their community.”

Democrat Senator Tom Harkin on Friday congratulated the winners, “I congratulate MICA, Inc. and Marshalltown on winning this grant.  They have developed a truly community-based collaboration that will support the growth, development, and academic achievement of children as they work toward becoming college and career ready, helping children move out of poverty and gain the dream of being solid middle-class citizens,” said Harkin.  “This grant will show that the Promise Neighborhoods model can be implemented in rural settings, and I have great confidence MICA, Inc. will have a positive impact on the children and families of Marshalltown.” 

The Promise Neighborhoods initiative brings together organizations, agencies, and caring adults to revitalize communities by coordinating education, health, employment, and community supports to ensure success of children in the community, in their schooling, and throughout their lives. 

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