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Second Chance Act Youth Offender Reentry Program


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Application Deadline: Jun 15, 2021

Sponsoring Organization

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)


Provides funding to states, territories, local governments, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments to increase public safety and reduce recidivism among moderate to high-risk youth following release from a juvenile residential facility. For this funding opportunity, recidivism is defined as a return to a residential placement facility, jail, or prison with either a new conviction or as the result of a violation of the terms of supervision within 24 months of initial release.

Program consists of two grant categories:

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

  • Screening and assessment of youth needs and risk of reoffending
  • Identifying and coordinating appropriate community-based program services at least 90 days prior to release
  • Case management services
  • Connect youth with evidence-based programming designed to ensure continuity of services, and a safe and successful transition from placement to the community

Category 2: Community-Based Youth Reentry Program grants to implement and expand reentry programs that provide comprehensive case management plans to directly address criminogenic risk and needs of youth offenders and connect them with necessary services. Category 2 funds may be used for:

  • Mentoring for youth offenders from prerelease through post-release reentry phases
  • 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 and housing support
    • Family services
    • Validated assessment tools to evaluate risk factors of youth reentering the community
  • Training related to youth offenders and victims' issues

Both case management services and evidence-based programming should begin during the prerelease phase, where feasible, and continue during the post-release phase of the reentry program. Additional information on program requirements and priority areas for Category 1 and Category 2 can be found the funding announcement.

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling:

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

Estimated number of awards:

  • Category 1: 5 awards
  • Category 2: 8 awards

Project period: 36 months
Estimated total program funding: $9,750,000

Category 1 applicants are required to provide matching funds for 50% of the federal award amount from non-federal sources. Category 2 does 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 may apply in partnership with interested persons such as federal corrections and supervision agencies, service providers, and nonprofit organizations.

Eligible applicants in Category 2 include:

  • Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) status, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits 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.

In order to be eligible for an Youth Offender Reentry grant, applicants must meet the Second Chance Act mandatory requirements.

Priority is given to applicants who propose projects that will promote civil rights, increase access to justice, support crime victims, protect the public from crime and evolving threats, and build trust between law enforcement and the community.

To receive priority consideration, applicants must provide a sufficient narrative explanation describing how their project will advance work in one or more of the priority areas listed above.

Priority is also given to applicants who propose projects to benefit individuals in high-poverty areas or persistent-poverty counties.

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.

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

Capacity Building • New Program

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 June 15, 2021 deadline.
  • Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application, including attachments, in the JustGrants grants management system by the June 29, 2021 deadline.

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For questions on submitting in JustGrants:

For programmatic questions and technical assistance:
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 2019 can be found on the program website.

One rural community who received funding is the Division of Juvenile Justice for the state of Alaska in Juneau, Alaska to fund the Alaska Juvenile Offender Reentry Support Services to decrease recidivism by 20% for youth transitioning back to their communities after secure confinement, to increase staff capacity to meet the needs of youth transitioning out of secure confinement and returning to community supervision, to identify evidence-based practices that can be used to address gaps in the geographic challenges within the state, and more.

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