Promise Zone Preference Points


What are preference points?

The ability to access preference points in federal funding competitions is one of the key benefits of the federal Promise Zone designation. Each year, participating federal agencies like the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Department of Commerce, and the Department of Education, will announce grant opportunities that include a preference for proposals from Promise Zone communities. Preference points serve as “extra credit” for a grant proposal to improve the applicant’s competitiveness in the grant process. The federal agencies determine how many preference points are awarded for Promise Zone communities. The City of Los Angeles is responsible for certifying that the application for funding is from a Promise Zone partner organization and is consistent with the goals and objectives of the Promise Zone.

Is your organization eligible to receive preference points?

Organizations that actively work within the Promise Zone boundaries and have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the City of Los Angeles are able to request preference points for federal grant opportunities. The City of Los Angeles has an existing MOU that is used with all organizations joining the LA Promise Zone Partnership, therefore, organizations do not have to create their own.

How can I request a preference point recommendation from the City?

Preference point recommendation will be provided to a partner organization that can demonstrate how their program/project meets one or several of the Promise Zone goals. The City of Los Angeles is able to certify only one grant proposal per competition, so it is important to contact the Promise Zone staff early in the process to determine if other local groups are interested in a particular grant opportunity. The City of Los Angeles will encourage local groups to partner whenever possible when there is more than one group interested.

Organizations must submit a request through the City of Los Angeles - LA Promise Zone Preference Point Certification Form Request at least 2 weeks in advance of the grant due date.
For more information contact Rudy Rodriguez,

Please follow this link and fill out the form.

When will we be notified if our organization received preference point certification?

You should hear back from the Promise Zone staff within 1-2 working days as to the status of your initial request. The process for reviewing and certifying proposals can take up to two weeks, so please plan accordingly.

For more questions please see our F.A.Q. page.