DOJ – Second Chance Act – Strengthening Relationships Between Young Fathers and Their Children (2015)

APPLICATIONS DUE: March 2, 2015, 11:59 p.m., Eastern time


The fiscal year 2015 Second Chance Act Strengthening Relationships Between Young Fathers and Their Children: A Reentry Mentoring Project helps ensure that the transition young fathers make from secure confinement facilities and out-of-home placement back to their families and their communities is successful and promotes public safety. This solicitation will fund mentoring and comprehensive transitional services that emphasize development of parenting skills in offenders who are young fathers.

Section 211 of the Second Chance Act (P.L. 110-199) authorizes grants to nonprofit organizations (including faith-based, tribal, and community organizations) to provide mentoring and other transitional services, family programming, and employment assistance to help juvenile ex-offenders transition successfully from out-of-home placement and incarceration to the community. This program supports the implementation and delivery of transitional/reentry services that include one-to-one, group, and peer mentoring services to offenders who are young fathers. Transitional services include a broad range of activities, including providing case management, targeting offender needs that affect recidivism, supporting comprehensive services to promote responsible fatherhood and family engagement, and implementing strategies that enhance the life skills and future of young fathers and their families. To aid in the reentry planning and service coordination, OJJDP will require a formal partnership with the out-of-home placement and juvenile correctional agency/facility in which youth are returning from and the agency supervising youth in the community, which may or may not be the same agency. For the purpose of this solicitation, mentoring is a structured relationship between an adult or trained peer and one or more young fathers. Applicants should demonstrate a strong partnership between the mentoring organization and the department/entity for the state/local/tribal secure confinement facility or facilities holding the identified target population.

Funding Title: OJJDP FY 2015 Second Chance Act Strengthening Relationships Between Young Fathers and Their Children: A Reentry Mentoring Project

Agency Name: Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Funding Instrument Type: Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid: No.

Target Population: The target population for this initiative is medium-to-high risk offenders. Targeted young fathers must be confined (held in secure confinement facilities, such as a juvenile detention center, juvenile correctional facility, staff-secure facility, jail, or prison of a local or state juvenile or adult correctional agency) and admitted to the program prior to their 25th birthday. However, award recipients may continue to implement a reentry plan for these individuals beyond their 25th birthday. OJJDP does not have a set timeline for terminating these services; they can continue as long as is deemed therapeutically necessary. For nonprofit organizations serving tribal members, individuals may be housed in a tribal, regional, county, or local detention or corrections center pursuant to state or tribal law.

Expected Number of Awards: OJJDP estimates that it will make as many as 10-ten awards of as much as $420,000 for an estimated total of $4,200,000.

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No

How to Apply: Applicants must register in and submit applications through, a “one-stop storefront” to find federal funding opportunities and apply for funding. Find complete instructions on how to register and submit an application here. Applicants that experience technical difficulties during this process should call the Customer Support Hotline at 8005184726 or 606–545–5035, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except federal holidays. Registering with is a one-time process; however, processing delays may occur, and it can take several weeks for first-time registrants to receive confirmation and a user password. OJP encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline. In addition, OJP urges applicants to submit applications 72 hours prior to the application due date to allow time to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from, and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

Current Closing Date for Applications: March 2, 2015; 11:59 p.m., Eastern time

Estimated Total Program Funding: $4,200,000

Award Ceiling: $420,000

Award Floor: $0

Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants are limited to nonprofit organizations (including faith-based, tribal, and community nonprofit organizations) and federally recognized Indian tribes.

Priority Consideration: OJJDP will give priority consideration to all applicants who address the following. Applicants are not required to address all of the priority considerations.

  • include a plan to implement activities that have been demonstrated effective in facilitating the successful reentry of offenders.
  • 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. For purposes of this solicitation, this may include the collection of robust performance measures as identified above.

Current/Past Funding Recipients:  2014    

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 Hotline hours of operation are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except federal holidays.

Applicants who experience unforeseen technical issues beyond their control that prevent them from submitting their application by the deadline must e-mail the OJJDP contact identified below within 24 hours after the application deadline and request approval to submit their application. Additional information on reporting technical issues is found under “Experiencing Unforeseen Technical Issues” in the How To Apply section.

For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact the Response Center by telephone at 800-851-3420, by e-mail at, or by Web Chat at number assigned to this announcement: OJJDP-2015-4053

Categories: Children, Department of Justice, Family, Native American Tribes or Tribal Organizations, Non-profit Organizations, Reentry, Subgrant Possibilities

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