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Second Chance Act Community-Based Reentry Program


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Notice of Funding Opportunity (
Solicitation Overview


Application Deadline: Apr 29, 2024


Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)


Provides funding to organizations and tribal governments to support the provision of comprehensive reentry services designed to help individuals who have been incarcerated. Supports enhance or implement evidence-based responses to improve reentry, reduce recidivism, and support successful transitional planning for individuals who are currently, or were formerly, involved in the criminal justice system.

Funds may used for reentry supports and services, including but not limited to:

  • Service coordination and tracking
  • Gender-specific and trauma-informed programming and services
  • Individual and group mentoring
  • Peer supports
  • Educational, literacy, and vocational services
  • Substance use and mental health disorder treatment and recovery services
  • Connections to physical healthcare
  • Services to support family reunification and restoration
  • Assistance in securing safe and affordable housing
  • Civil legal assistance, such as help with securing driver's license or government issued identification, expunging criminal records, litigating inappropriate denials of housing or employment, creating/modifying child support orders, and providing other family law services to help stabilize individuals and families impacted by incarceration
  • Staff training on victims' issues and to improve competency in working with current and/or formerly incarcerated individuals

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $750,000
Project period: 36 months
Estimated number of awards: 15
Estimated total program funding: $9,750,000

Who Can Apply

Applications may be submitted by federally recognized Native American tribal governments, and nonprofits with 501(c)(3) status, other than institutions of higher education.

Priority consideration is given to applicants that meet the following criteria:

  • Proposals designed to meaningfully advance equity and remove barriers to accessing services and opportunities for communities that have been historically underserved, marginalized, adversely affected by inequality, and disproportionately impacted by crime, violence, and victimization.
  • Applicants that demonstrate their capabilities and competencies for implementing their proposed project(s) are enhanced because they are a population specific organization that serves communities that have been historically underserved, marginalized, adversely affected by inequality, and disproportionately impacted by crime, violence, and victimization.
  • Applications that provide for an independent evaluation that includes, to the maximum extent feasible, random assignment of program participants to program delivery and control groups.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing

Application Process

Application requirements, instructions, and other relevant information can be found in the funding announcement.

Applications must be submitted electronically through a 2-step process:

  • Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in by the April 29, 2024 deadline.
  • Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application, including attachments, in the JustGrants grants management system by the May 6, 2024 deadline.


For questions on submitting in

For questions on submitting in JustGrants:

For questions:
Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Response Center
TTY at 301-240-6310

Topics This Program Addresses

American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians • Community Planning and Coalition Building • Community Supervision • Crime Reduction • Health and Wellness • Housing and Homelessness • Justice System • Mental Health • Social Services • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment