The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation is soliciting letters of inquiry (LOI) for projects that aim to make a substantial difference in the lives of incarcerated men and women after they have completed their sentences. The deadline to send a LOI is August 15, 2019.
The significant obstacles that incarcerated men and women face as they attempt to restart their lives and rejoin their communities during reentry have been well documented. These include the often complex requirements of community supervision systems, legal barriers to the restoration of voting and other civil rights, and challenges with mental health, substance addiction, jobs, transportation, and housing. The Rapoport Foundation is seeking to support hands-on projects that experiment with new approaches to improving the success of these men and women and/or examine the effectiveness of practices currently in use. These endeavors can take place in jail or prison, after incarceration, or both, and can look to address multiple connected challenges or a more targeted topic including, but not limited to, jobs, education, mental health, transportation, or the unique needs of women who are or have been incarcerated.
The “letter of inquiry” requirement is a compact process that allows the foundation to give applicants feedback before they dedicate considerable time to a full proposal. Funding can be for single or multi-year proposals, with amounts from $10,000 up to about $200,000. Where appropriate, applicants may apply for a smaller pilot grant or planning grant now with the potential to apply for a larger follow-up grant during a future grant cycle.
Applicants may begin the LOI process by visiting this grant application page.