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


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Application Deadline: May 30, 2023


Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)


Provides funding to states, territories, local and tribal governments, and community-based organizations to promote and expand services in detention and correctional facilities to meet the needs of incarcerated individuals and their minor children, and to provides services to children of incarcerated parents. Supports activities that foster positive family engagement, and programs to reduce the likelihood of antisocial behaviors and future involvement in the juvenile justice system in children with incarcerated parents.

Program consists of two grant categories:

Category 1: Addressing the Needs of Incarcerated Parents and Their Minor Children Programs and Services grants provide assistance to community-based organizations that will develop and expand services within juvenile and adult detention and correctional facilities to reduce recidivism and support responsible parenting that leads to healthy child development, resiliency, and improved interactions among incarcerated parents and their minor children. Program goals 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
  • 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
  • Develop innovative approaches to enhance child/parent communication, such as the use of video conferencing, electronic messaging software, audio recordings, and transportation assistance for in-person visits and to facilitate virtual visits
  • 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

Category 2: Addressing the Needs of Incarcerated Parents and Their Minor Children Training and Technical Assistance funding for a single training and technical assistance (TTA) provider to help Category 1 grantees identify service needs and gaps; develop program models with short- and long-term outcome goals and measurements; and develop resources and tools that will inform sites on best practices and strategies to meet the needs of incarcerated parents and their minor children

Additional information on goals, objectives, and deliverables in each category can be found in the funding announcement.

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling:

  • Category 1: $750,000
  • Category 2: $1,000,000

Estimated number of awards:

  • Category 1: 5 awards
  • Category 2: 1 award

Project period: 36 months
Estimated total program funding: $4,480,000

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants in Category 1 include:

  • States and territories
  • City, township, or county governments
  • Federally recognized Indian 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

Eligible applicants in Category 2 include:

  • Public and state-controlled institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits with or without 501(c)(3) status
  • For-profit organizations and small businesses

Priority consideration is given to proposals that promote racial equity and support the removal of barriers to access and opportunity for communities that have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by inequality.

In fiscal year (FY) 2023, 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

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 two-step process:

  • Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in by the May 30, 2023 deadline.
  • Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application, including attachments, in the JustGrants grants management system by the June 12, 2023 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 FY 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