RAISE Persistent Poverty Project Status Tool

Use this tool to determine if your RAISE grant project’s primary location is within an Area of Persistent Poverty.
Definition: “Area of Persistent Poverty” is defined for the RAISE grant program by the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act as:
1)  Any County that has consistently had greater than or equal to 20 percent of the population living in poverty during the last 30-year period, as measured by the 1990 and 2000 decennial census and the most recent annual Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates as estimated by the Bureau of the Census.
2) Any Census Tract with a poverty rate of at least 20 percent as measured by the 2014–2018 5-year data series available from the American Community Survey of the Bureau of the Census.
3) Any U.S. Territory.
Instructions: This table is intended to help applicants identify whether a project is located in an Area of Persistent Poverty under the RAISE grant program based on the county and/or census tract location of the project.  To determine the State, County, and Census Tract Associated with your Project’s Location, input your Project’s Primary Address into the U.S. Census’ Geocoder Tool. This User Guide explains how to use the U.S. Census Geocoder Tool. 
Once you have determined your State, County, and Census Tract, click the Filters tab in the top right of the Tool. Input your State, County, and Census Tract. This will populate columns A, B, and C. Columns E("COUNTY Meets Definition?") and F ("CENSUS TRACT Meets Definition?") will provide a Yes/No answer to if your County OR Census Tract meets the definition of an Area of Persistent Poverty. If either the County or Census Tract meets the definition, the project is locate in an Area of Persistent Poverty.