DOJ – Second Chance Act – Strengthening Families and Children of Incarcerated Parents (2015)

APPLICATIONS DUE: June 29, 2015, 11:59 p.m., Eastern time

Description: This program will promote and expand services to children who have a parent who is incarcerated in a Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) correctional facility. Program activities include mentoring and comprehensive services that facilitate healthy and positive relationships between incarcerated individuals, their children, and caregivers. This program will implement positive developmental activities to address issues the child and the family may face, strategies to increase and enhance communication between child and parent, and transitional reentry services for parents who are released during the program. This program is authorized pursuant to Section 211 of the Second Chance Act, P.L. 110-199.

Funding Title: OJJDP FY 2015 Second Chance Act Strengthening Families and Children of Incarcerated Parents

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

Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement

Express Language for Legal Aid: Yes. The funding announcement states:

“Resources for civil legal aid under the Second Chance Act. Civil legal assistance can often play a critical role in addressing barriers to successful reintegration. This guidance clarifies that an allowable use of Second Chance Act funds for reentry services includes referral to and payment of legal services related to the purpose of the grant, such as: securing a driver’s license, expunging criminal records, litigating inappropriate denials of housing or employment and violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, creating and/or modifying child support orders, and other family law services that help stabilize individuals OJJDP-2015-4236 10 and families. This excludes the payment of fines or penalties associated with a driver’s license suspension or the payment of child support. For more information, go here.

Target Population: Children who have a parent who is incarcerated in a Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) correctional facility.

Expected Number of Awards: 2

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 at Applicants that experience technical difficulties during this process should call the Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726 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.

OJJDP strongly encourages all prospective applicants to sign up for email notifications regarding this solicitation. If this solicitation is cancelled or modified, individuals OJJDP-2015-4236 26 who sign up with for updates will be notified.

Current Closing Date for Applications: June 29, 2015, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time

Estimated Total Program Funding: $1,000,000

Award Ceiling: $500,000

Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants are limited to nonprofit organizations (including faith-based, tribal, and community nonprofit organizations) with a demonstrable history of providing services to children of incarcerated parents and community-based reentry programming.

Policy and Regulations on Use of Funds: See funding announcement

Link to Full Announcement:   Here

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 that experience unforeseen technical issues beyond their control that prevent them from submitting their application by the deadline must e-mail 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. 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 Answers to frequently asked questions that may assist applicants are posted

Categories: Children, Department of Justice, Employment, Express Language for Legal Aid, Non-profit Organizations, Reentry, Subgrant Possibilities

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