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Second Chance Act Youth Reentry Program


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Notice of Funding Opportunity (


Application Deadline: May 23, 2023


Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)


Offers funding to states, local and tribal governments, and community-based organizations to provide comprehensive reentry and transitional services for moderate to high-risk youth before, during, and after release from a juvenile residential facility. 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 three grant categories:

Category 1: Improving Youth Reentry Program grants to develop and implement comprehensive prerelease and postrelease reentry plans for youth leaving confinement. Category 1 services are expected to include:

  • Screening and assessing the criminogenic and noncriminogenic needs of youth for risk of reoffending
  • Implementing youth reentry plans, including delivery of evidence-based programming, during participants' prerelease phase and identification and coordination of appropriate community-based programs for the postrelease phase of reentry
  • Case management services that begin at least 90 days prerelease and continue postrelease
  • Implementing and/or raining staff to use validated tools with model fidelity and high interrater reliability to effectively assess individual youth's unique risk factors and needs

Category 2: Strengthening Community-Based Youth Reentry Programs grants to support direct transitional services to help youth successfully reintegrate into their communities through supportive case management planning. Category 2 funds may be used for:

  • Comprehensive, collaborative prerelease case management planning that begins at least 90 days prior to release and includes both pre- and postrelease services to ensure successful reentry
  • Transitional services, including:
    • Educational, literacy, and vocational services and transitional job strategies
    • Substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and services
    • Coordinated services such as physical and mental healthcare
    • Permanent supportive housing
    • Family services
    • Prosocial activities
    • Mentoring
  • Training for stakeholders on issues, tools, or resources related to adjudicated youth, collateral consequences, and reentry
  • Implementing and/or raining staff to use validated tools with model fidelity and high interrater reliability to effectively assess individual youth's unique risk factors and needs

Category 3: Youth Reentry Training and Technical Assistance funding for a single training and technical assistance (TTA) provider to give support and guidance to Category 1 and 2 grantees and practitioners. The TTA provider will also be expected to establish a Youth Justice Fellowship Program and develop and share youth reentry resources with the National Reentry Resource Center".

Additional information on program requirements, deliverables, and priority areas for Category 1, Category 2, and Category 3 awards can be found the funding announcement.

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling:

  • Category 1: $750,000
  • Category 2: $750,000
  • Category 3: $2,650,000

Estimated number of awards:

  • Category 1: 3 awards
  • Category 2: 12 awards
  • Category 3: 1 award

Project period: 36 months
Estimated total program funding: $14,251,817

Category 1 applicants are required to provide matching funds for 50% of the federal award amount from non-federal sources. Categories 2 and 3 do not require matching funds.

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants in Category 1 include:

  • States and territories
  • City, township, or county governments
  • Federally recognized Indian 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 applicants in Category 2 include:

  • Nonprofits with or without 501(c)(3) status, other than institutions of higher education
  • Indian/Native American tribal organizations other than federally recognized tribal governments

Eligible Category 2 applicants must include a memorandum of agreement or understanding (MOA/MOU) that clearly demonstrates an established, collaborative relationship with the correctional agencies that oversee the specific facility or facilities from which the applicant will recruit the target youth reentry population and the agencies that oversee community corrections, probation or parole, for the target population.

Eligible applicants in Category 3 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

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

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 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

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 two-step process:

  • Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in by the May 23, 2023 deadline.
  • Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application, including attachments, in the JustGrants grants management system by the June 5, 2023 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