DOJ – Second Chance Act – Comprehensive Community-Based Adult Reentry Program (2017)

Applications Due: July 5, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time

Description:  The Second Chance Act Comprehensive Community-Based Adult Reentry Program supports organizations providing comprehensive reentry services to program participants who are screened, assessed, and identified for program participation pre-release. During the post-release phase of the reentry program, participants will receive case management services and be connected to evidence-based programming designed to ensure that the transition from prison or jail to the community is safe and successful.

The goal of this program is to support community- and faith-based organizations in developing and implementing comprehensive and collaborative programs that support people who are reentering communities from incarceration and are at medium to high risk of reoffending.

Funding Title:  BJA FY 17 Second Chance Act Reentry and Mentoring Program

Agency Name:  Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance

Funding Opportunity Number: BJA-2017-11540

Funding Instrument Type: Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid:   Yes. The section on Allowable Uses of Funds on page 7 includes the following new language about civil legal aid:

New: Resources to Support Civil Legal Aid
It is allowable to use funds under this program to provide assistance and coordination to support successful reintegration. Such assistance and coordination may include the following areas:

  • Securing a driver’s license
  • Expunging criminal records
  • Creating and/or modifying child support orders
  • Family services that help stabilize individuals and families
  • Finding and maintaining adequate housing
  • Finding and maintaining employment
  • Corrections to reports that fall under the Fair Credit Reporting Act

Please note, litigation services are not an allowable cost under FY2017 funding.

Target Population:  

  • Medium to high risk individuals as identified using a validated assessment tool
  • Aged 18 or older and convicted as an adult, and
  • Incarcerated in a state, local, or tribal prison or jail at the time of enrollment in the program. For federally recognized Indian tribes, the individuals may be housed in a tribal, regional, county, or local jail pursuant to state or tribal law.

Expected Number of Awards: 10

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No

How to Apply:  Applicants must register in, and submit applications through, a primary source 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, which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on federal holidays.

Current Closing Date for Applications: July 5, 2017

Estimated Total Program Funding: $9,000,000

Award Ceiling: $1,000,000

Award Floor: $0

Eligible Applicants:   Eligible applicants are limited to nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit organizations) with a documented history of providing comprehensive, evidence-based reentry services, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior).

Link to Full Announcement: Here 

Contact Information: For assistance with any unforeseen technical issues beyond an applicant’s control that prevent it from submitting its application by the deadline, or any other requirement of this solicitation, contact the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center: toll-free at 800-851-3420; via TTY at 301-240-6310 (hearing impaired only); email; fax to 301-240-5830; or web chat at The NCJRS Response Center hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. eastern time, Monday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern time on the solicitation close date.

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

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