Funding Available: Second Chance Act Community-based Reentry Program


The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for funding under the Second Chance Act to provide grants to nonprofit organizations and Indian tribes to provide reentry services and programs.

BJA is seeking applications to implement or expand on reentry programs that demonstrate strong partnerships with corrections, parole, probation, and other reentry service providers. These partnerships should develop comprehensive case management plans that directly address criminogenic risk and needs, as determined by validated criminogenic risk assessments, and include delivery or facilitation of services.

Eligibility - The following entities are eligible to apply:

  • Nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations)

  • Federally recognized Indian tribes (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior) All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee.

Category 1 – Community-Based Adult Reentry for Organizations Serving Rural Communities.

Competition ID: BJA-2020-17111

  • Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to operating in and serving a rural area in the country. Rural is defined as (A) any area or community, respectively, no part of which is within an area designated as a standard metropolitan statistical area by the Office of Management and Budget; (B) any area or community, respectively, that is— (i) within an area designated as a metropolitan statistical area or considered as part of a metropolitan statistical area; and (ii) located in a rural census tract; or (C) any federally recognized Indian tribe.

  • Target Population: The proposed program must commit to serving a minimum of 100 people that meet the target population requirements of this grant.

  • Award Amount: Awardees will receive up to $750,000 for a 3-year project period.

Category 2 Community-Based Adult Reentry for Organizations Serving Non-Rural Communities.

Competition ID: BJA-2020-17112

  • Target Population: The proposed program must commit to serving a minimum of 150 people that meet the target population requirements of this grant.

  • Award Amount: Awardees will receive up to $750,000 for the project period.

This program furthers the Department’s mission to reduce recidivism and combat violence by facilitating the successful reintegration of individuals returning from incarceration.

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