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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Employment and Training Administration (ETA)


    The purpose of this pilot program is to provide eligible, incarcerated individuals in state correctional facilities or local jails with workforce services prior to release and to continue services after release by transitioning the participants into reentry programs in the communities to which they will return. These grants are job-driven and build connections to local employers that will enable transitioning offenders to secure employment.

    These projects ensure that transitioning offenders are prepared to meet the needs of their local labor markets with the skills valued by employers. Applicants must ensure that occupational training provided has no federal, state, or local regulations that restrict individuals with criminal records from obtaining licenses or other necessary credentials in that career. Employer connections will inform specific program curricula and ensure relevance to the needs of local businesses and jobs. Teaching transitioning offenders foundational skills, such as job readiness, employability, and job search strategies, in addition to providing apprenticeships and occupational training leading to industry-recognized credentials, can provide access to employment and reduce the likelihood of reoffending.


    History of Funding

    A list of 2020 awards is available here:,in%20the%20criminal%20justice%20system.

    Additional Information

    The intent of this FOA is to fund projects that serve participants who:

    • Are at least 18 years old;
    • Were convicted under federal, state, or local law and are incarcerated;
    • Reside, at the time of enrollment in the project, in a state correctional facility or local or county jail for adults; please note that these grants cannot support projects in a federal facility or juvenile facility;
    • Have a release date scheduled between 20 to 180 days of the individual's enrollment in the program;
    • Upon release, are scheduled to return to reside in the target area identified in the applicant's application; and
    • Are legally eligible to work in the United States.


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  • Eligibility Details

    The following organizations are eligible to apply: Non-profit organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status, including women's, minority, community, and faith-based organizations; public institutions of higher education, including Hispanic-serving, Historically Black, Tribally-controlled, and Alaska and Hawaii Native-serving higher education institutions; nonprofit post-secondary education institutions with or without 501(c)(3) status; state or local governments; any Indian or Native American entity eligible for grants under Section 166 of WIOA; and for-profit businesses and business-related nonprofit organizations.

    Deadline Details

    Applications are to be submitted by March 16, 2021. A similar deadline is anticipated, annually.

    Award Details

    ETA plans to award approximately $57.5 million to fund approximately 15 grants. Grantees may apply for up to $4 million. Applicants should request funding that is commensurate with the scope and scale of the project proposed. The period of performance is 42 months with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2021. These grants will have a 3 to 6-month planning period, a 24 to 27-month period of employment and training services, and 12 months of follow-up services. 

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