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Second Chance Act Comprehensive Community-Based Reentry Program


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Notice of Funding Opportunity (


Application Deadline: Apr 13, 2021

Sponsoring Organization

Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)


Provides funding to organizations for support services designed to enable former offenders to safely and successfully reintegrate into society upon release from incarceration. Aims to use partnerships among corrections, parole, probation, law enforcement, and reentry service providers to form comprehensive case management strategies and implement evidence-based programming to help reduce recidivism and violence among program participants.

Program consists of two funding categories:

  • Category 1 - Community-Based Adult Reentry for Organizations Serving Rural Communities
  • Category 2 - Community-Based Adult Reentry for Organizations Serving Non-Rural Communities

Funds may used for:

  1. Mentoring of adult offenders during incarceration, transition into the community, and post-release
  2. Transitional services to aid offenders reintegrating into the community, including
    • Educational, literacy, and vocational services and a transitional jobs strategy
    • Substance use disorder treatment and services
    • Coordinated supervision and services, including physical and mental healthcare and comprehensive housing services
    • Family services
    • Assessment tools to identify risk factors of returning inmates
  3. Training on offender and victims' issues

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $750,000
Project period: 36 months
Estimated number of awards: 17
Estimated total program funding: $12,750,000

Who Can Apply

Applications may be submitted by nonprofit organizations, federally recognized Native American tribal governments, and tribal for-profit organizations, other than small businesses.

Program-specific priority for funding is given to applicants who plan to:

  • Implement activities that have been demonstrated effective in facilitating the successful reentry of offenders
  • Provide for an independent evaluation that includes, to the maximum extent feasible, random assignment of offenders to program delivery and control groups

Policy priority for funding is given to applicants who propose to benefit individuals in high-poverty areas or persistent-poverty counties and enhance public safety in economically distressed communities or Qualified Opportunity Zones.

To receive a poverty priority consideration, applicants provide information to demonstrate that the individuals who are intended to benefit from the requested grant reside in high-poverty areas or persistent poverty counties.

For this funding opportunity, high-poverty areas are described as any census tract with a poverty rate of at least 20%, as measured by the 2013-2017 5-year data series from the American Community Survey. Persistent poverty counties are described as any county that has had 20% or more of its population living in poverty over the past 30 years, as measured by the 1990 and 2000 decennial censuses and the most recent Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates.

To receive a priority consideration for a Qualified Opportunity Zone, applicants must include information that specifies how the project will enhance public safety in a specified Qualified Opportunity Zone.

In fiscal year (FY) 2021, all state, local, and university and college law enforcement agencies must be certified by an approved independent credentialing body or have started the certification process in order to be eligible for grant funding.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Equipment • Operating Costs and Staffing • Training Providers

Application Process

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

In FY 2021, there is a new two-step application submission process. To be considered timely, the applicant must have received a validation message from the submission and the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the respective deadlines.

  • Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in by the April 13, 2021 deadline.
  • Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application, including attachments, in the JustGrants grants management system by the April 27, 2021 deadline.


For questions on submitting in

For questions on submitting in JustGrants:

For questions:
National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center
TTY at 301-240-6310
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Rural Awards

One rural community who received funding in FY 2020 is Middle Tennessee Rural Reentry in Winchester, Tennessee.

Topics This Program Addresses

Community Planning and Coalition Building • Community Supervision • Crime Reduction • Justice System • Social Services • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment • Violence, Trauma, and Abuse