DOJ – Second Chance Act – Comprehensive Community-Based Adult Reentry Program (2018)

Applications Due: May 1, 2018, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time

Description:  The goal of the Community-based Adult Reentry Program is to support community- and faith-based organizations in developing and implementing comprehensive and collaborative programs that reduce recidivism of people who are reentering communities from incarceration who are at medium to high risk of reoffending. Recidivism reduction is a cornerstone of a crime reduction strategy and this program supports the Department of Justice’s priority of reducing violent crime and increasing public safety.

Funding Title:   BJA FY 18 Second Chance Act Comprehensive Community-Based Adult Reentry Program

Agency Name:    Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance

Funding Opportunity Number: BJA -2018-13634

Funding Instrument Type: Grant

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

Resources to Support Civil Legal Aid
It is allowable to use funds under this program to provide assistance and coordination to support successful reintegration through limited legal advice and referral. Such guidance and coordination may include the following areas: securing a driver’s license; expunging or limiting access to 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; and corrections to reports that fall under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.  Please note, direct representation in litigation, through court filings or through other litigation services, is not an allowable cost under FY 2018 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: 12

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: May 1, 2018

Estimated Total Program Funding: $10,000,000

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: If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:

For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726 or 606-545-5035, or via email to The Support Hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on federal holidays. An applicant that experiences unforeseen technical issues beyond its control that prevent it from submitting its application by the deadline must email the contact identified below within 24 hours after the application deadline in order to request approval to submit its application after the deadline. Additional information on reporting technical issues appears under “Experiencing Unforeseen Technical Issues” in the How to Apply section. 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, Family, Housing, Native American Tribes or Tribal Organizations, Non-profit Organizations, Reentry, Subgrant Possibilities

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