Funder: Department of Labor
Award Details: The purpose of this pilot program is to provide eligible, incarcerated individuals in state correctional facilities or local or county jails with workforce services prior to release and to continue services after release by transitioning the participants into reentry programs in the communities to which they will return. These grants are job-driven and build connections to local employers that will enable transitioning offenders to secure employment.
Number of Awards: ETA plans to award approximately 15 grants of up to $4 million each. Applicants may propose a lesser amount based on the number of participants they propose to serve. ETA may award more grants if funds are available. These grants will have a 3- to 6-month planning period, a 24- to 27-month period of employment and training services, and 12 months of follow-up services for a total of 42-months grant performance period. Future funding opportunities may take into account grantee performance on this grant. These projects will serve adults aged 18 or older who have been convicted under federal, state, or local law and are incarcerated in state correctional facilities or local or county jails with scheduled release dates within 20 to 180 days of enrollment in the project. These grants cannot be used to support projects in a federal facility. Applicants may submit only one application.
Target Population: These projects ensure that transitioning offenders are prepared to meet the needs of their local labor markets with the skills valued by employers.
Applicants must ensure that occupational training provided has no federal, state, or local regulations that restrict individuals with criminal records from obtaining licenses or other necessary credentials in that career.
Therefore, applicants will need to research existing barriers for individuals with criminal records in relation to specific industries. Employer connections will inform specific program curricula and ensure relevance to the needs of local businesses and jobs.
Teaching transitioning offenders foundational skills, such as job readiness, employability, and job search strategies, in addition to providing apprenticeships and occupational training leading to industry-recognized credentials, can provide access to employment and reduce the likelihood of reoffending.
Non-profit organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status, including women’s, minority, community, and faith-based organizations; public institutions of higher education, including Hispanic-serving, Historically Black, Tribally-controlled, and Alaska and Hawaii Native-serving higher education institutions; nonprofit post-secondary education institutions with or without 501(c)(3) status; state or local governments; any Indian or Native American entity eligible for grants under Section 166 of WIOA; and for-profit businesses and business-related nonprofit organizations.
Applicants, based on Employer Identification Numbers, who received funding from the FY 2019 Pathway Home competition [FOA-ETA-20-02] are not eligible to participate in this competition, and their applications will be considered non-responsive.
Among eligible applicants listed above, the applicant agency or organization must also have access to participants during their incarceration as documented through Letters of Commitment or Memoranda of Understanding between the applicant and each identified mandatory partner as described in Section IV.B.3(d)(i).
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