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Second Chance Act Youth Reentry Program


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Notice of Funding Opportunity (


Application Deadline: Apr 15, 2024


Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)


Offers funding to states, local and tribal governments, and community-based organizations to address and improve the reentry and recidivism challenges encountered by youth returning to their communities from juvenile residential or correctional facilities. Supports the successful reintegration of youth into the community, with the goal of increasing public safety, reducing recidivism, and improving outcomes for youth participants. For this funding opportunity, recidivism is defined as a return to a residential placement facility, jail, or prison with either a new juvenile adjudication and/or conviction or as the result of a violation of the terms of supervision within 24 months of initial release.

Program consists of 2 grant categories:

Category 1: Improving Youth Reentry Program grants support identifying and addressing the needs of youth returning to the community and develop and implement comprehensive pre- and post-release reentry plans, to include case management as well as identification and coordination of appropriate community-based programs as they return to their communities following confinement.

Category 2: Strengthening Community-Based Youth Reentry Program grants support the implementation and/or expansion of community-based reentry programs and services that demonstrate partnerships with corrections, parole, probation, and other reentry service providers. These partnerships should develop and implement comprehensive, pre- and post-release case management plans that directly address youth's identified needs, as determined by validated risk and needs assessment tools.

Additional information on program goals, objectives, requirements, deliverables, and priority areas can be found in the funding announcement.

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling:

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

Estimated number of awards:

  • Category 1: 4 awards
  • Category 2: 7 awards

Project period: 36 months
Estimated total program funding: $8,250,000

Category 1 applicants are required to provide matching funds for 50% of the federal award amount from non-federal sources. Matching funds are not required for Category 2 applicants.

Who Can Apply

Eligible Category 1 applicants include:

  • States
  • City, county, or township governments
  • Federally recognized Native American tribal governments

Eligible Category 1 applicants should include a demonstration of partnership with interested persons such as federal corrections and supervision agencies, service providers, and nonprofit organizations.

Eligible Category 2 applicants include:

  • 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 Category 2 applicants must include a draft memorandum of agreement or understanding (MOA/MOU) or a letter of support that clearly demonstrates an established relationship with the correctional agencies that oversee the specific facility or facilities from which the applicant proposes to recruit the target reentry population.

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.

Additionally, eligible applicants must meet the Second Chance Act mandatory requirements.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • New Program • Training Providers

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

Topics This Program Addresses

Community Planning and Coalition Building • Community Supervision • Health and Wellness • Housing and Homelessness • Justice System • Mental Health • Substance Use Disorder • Youth