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Second Chance Act Addressing the Needs of Incarcerated Parents and Their Minor Children


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Notice of Funding Opportunity (


Application Deadline: Apr 15, 2024


Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)


Provides funding to states, territories, local and tribal governments, and community-based organizations to implement and expand services to meet the needs of incarcerated individuals and their minor children to prevent violent crime, reduce recidivism, and provide support for minor children. Supports programs and services that lead to healthy child development, resiliency, and improved interactions among incarcerated parents and their minor children, family, and community members.

Program objectives include:

  • Expand existing relationships with community-based service providers and adult and juvenile detention and correctional facilities
  • Develop strategies and approaches to strengthen the relationships between incarcerated parents and their children
  • Seek to reduce the incarcerated parent's behavioral infractions during incarceration and recidivism post-release
  • Provide services to foster positive youth development for children of incarcerated parents
  • Support adult and juvenile detention or correctional facilities, prisons, and jails in rural areas that meet the needs of incarcerated parents and their minor children

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $750,00 per award
Estimated number of awards: 5
Project period: 36 months
Estimated total program funding: $3,750,000

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include:

  • States and territories
  • City, township, or county governments
  • Federally recognized Native American tribal governments
  • Nonprofits with or without 501(c)(3) status, other than institutions of higher education
  • Native American tribal organizations, other than federally recognized tribal governments
  • Other units of local government

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.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Buildings and Facilities • Capacity Building • Equipment • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other 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 15, 2024 deadline.
  • Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application, including attachments, in the JustGrants grants management system by the May 6, 2024 deadline.

Applicant webinar recording


For questions on submitting in

For questions on submitting in JustGrants:

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

Rural Awards

Past awards communities received in fiscal year 2023 can be found on the program website.

One rural community organization that received funding is RIDGE Project Inc. in McClure, Ohio to implement the TYRO Youth curriculum and family-child bonding activities for minor children with parents incarcerated at Grafton Correctional Institution.

Topics This Program Addresses

Health and Wellness • Justice System • Parents, Families, and Children • Social Services • Violence, Trauma, and Abuse