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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: Mar 5, 2021

Sponsoring Organization

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)


Provides funding to states, territories, and units of local government to promote and expand services in detention and correctional faculties 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 objectives include:

  • Providing support to facilities for staffing, equipment, tools, and resources to create child-friendly spaces
  • Developing safety protocols and procedures for children who are visiting their incarcerated parents
  • Developing a coordinated system to provide programs and services that support the needs of incarcerated parents and their children

Program deliverables include:

  • Implementing strategies that strengthen the relationships between incarcerated parents and their children while maintaining safe facilities
  • Providing services that meet the needs of children of incarcerated parents
  • Providing reentry and transitional services for incarcerated parents that focus on parental responsibility

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $750,000
Project period: 36 months
Estimated number of awards: 8
Estimated total program funding: $5,000,000

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include:

  • States and territories
  • City, township, or county governments

Priority is given to applicants who propose to address specific challenges in rural communities, 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 rural priority consideration, applicants must describe:

  • What makes the geographic service area rural using U.S. Census Bureau or other appropriate government data
  • How isolated that area is from needed services
  • How they will address specific public safety challenges in rural communities

To receive a poverty priority consideration, applicants must 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

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.

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 March 5, 2021 deadline.
  • Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application, including attachments, in the JustGrants grants management system by the April 12, 2021 deadline.

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For questions on submitting in

For questions on submitting in JustGrants:

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

Past awards communities received in FY 2020 can be found on the program website.

One rural community who received funding is the New Hampshire Department of Justice in Concord, New Hampshire to fund the Family Ties Inside Out Project to promote and expand services to incarcerated individuals with children younger than 19.

Topics This Program Addresses

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