DOJ – Second Chance Act – Adult Mentoring and Transitional Services (2014)


This solicitation is aimed at promoting more effective and successful reentry for offenders through the establishment and maintenance of pre- and post-release mentoring relationships. The specific objective of the program is to recruit and train individuals as mentors and match them with participants in pre- and post-release services. Program efforts should establish or improve the administration of mentoring programs, including expanding mentoring strategies and program design; enhancing and improving organizational capacity, system efficiency, and cost effectiveness of mentoring programs; improving training programs and supports for mentors; and improving outcomes for offender participants in mentoring programs.

“Mentoring” refers to a developmental relationship in which a more experienced person helps a less experienced person develop an enhanced sense of self-worth and specific knowledge and skills to increase their chance of successful reentry. Mentoring is a process for the informal transmission of knowledge, social capital, and the psychosocial support perceived by the recipient as relevant to work, career, or professional and personal development with the primary goal of preparing an offender (pre-release) for reentry and supporting him/her during the reentry process to enhance success. Mentoring involves communication and is relationship-based and can take many forms. It may consist of a one-to-one relationship or can also occur in a small group setting. All participants in Second Chance Act-funded mentoring programs must participate in the program both pre- and post-release.

Funding Title: Second Chance Act Adult Mentoring and Transitional Services for Successful Reentry Program

Agency Name: Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance

Funding Instrument Type: Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid: Yes

Target Population: Individuals aged 18 and older convicted as an adult and imprisoned in a state, local, or tribal prison or jail (for federally recognized Indian tribes, the individuals may be  housed in a tribal, regional, county, or local jail pursuant to state or tribal law)

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:    No

How to Apply: Applicants must register with prior to submitting an application

Current Closing Date for Applications: Mar 21, 2013

Estimated Total Program Funding:          

Award Ceiling: $300,000

Award Floor: $0

Eligible Applicants:

  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education

Priority Consideration: 

Priority consideration will be given to applications that:

  1. Include a plan to implement activities that have been demonstrated effective in facilitating the successful reentry of offenders. Refer to Appendix 2 – Second Chance Act Grantees: What You Need to Know to Ensure Your Program is Built on Principles of Effective Practice.
  2. Provides for an independent evaluation of the project that includes, to the maximum extent feasible, random assignment of offenders to program delivery and control groups (as per the Second Chance Act, Section 211).

Current/Past Funding Recipients: 2013

Link to Full Announcement:

Contact Information: For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726 or 606-545-5035, or via e-mail to Support Hotline hours of operation are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except federal holidays.

Categories: Department of Justice, Express Language for Legal Aid, Native American Tribes or Tribal Organizations, Non-profit Organizations, Reentry

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