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Second Chance Act Pay for Success Initiative
Application Deadline: Jun 22, 2021
Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
Awards funding to state, local, and tribal governments to help procure permanent supportive housing, recovery housing, and other support services for individuals reentering society after incarceration. Enables recipients to offer contracts to outside organizations to deliver housing and reentry services that are performance-based or outcome-based, where payment for services is tied to achieving specific program goals. Supports efforts to enhance public safety and reduce crime and recidivism by helping individuals successfully reenter society after release from incarceration, especially for individuals identified with substance use disorders (SUD).
Eligible applicants may apply for funding under the appropriate program category:
Category 1: Performance-based and Outcomes-Based Contracting for Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) or Reentry Services grants to enhance and maintain existing contracts to provide PSH and reentry services. Objectives include:
- Strengthen already established performance-based and outcomes-based contracts to provide services for people leaving incarceration identified as moderate to high risk of recidivism, as determined through a validated risk tool
- Manage all aspects existing reentry service or PSH contracts, including data and report collection, regular performance and outcome reviews, on and off-site monitoring, outcomes validation, and incentive payment approvals
- Ensure that government staff and service providers are adequately trained on performance-based and outcomes-based procurement, reentry services, PSH, data collection, and outcomes validation
Category 2: Performance-based and Outcomes-Based Contracting for Recovery Housing grants for new contracts to provide recovery housing for individuals with a SUD. Objectives include:
- Enter into performance-based and outcomes-based contracts to deliver high quality, evidence-based recovery housing to formerly incarcerated individuals living with a SUD
- Manage all aspects a new recovery housing contract, including data and report collection, regular performance and outcome reviews, on and off-site monitoring, outcomes validation, and incentive payment approvals
- Ensure that government staff and service providers are adequately trained on performance-based and outcomes-based Contracting procurement, recovery housing, data collection, and outcomes validation
Amount of Funding
- Category 1: $1,100,000
- Category 2: $1,100,000
Estimated number of awards:
- Category 1: 4 awards
- Category 2: 2 awards
Project period: 54 months
Estimated total program funding: $6,600,000
Up to $200,000 of each award may be used to research, price, write, negotiate, and finalize service contracts. All other funds must be used to pay for contracted performance-based or outcomes-based services.
Who Can Apply
Eligible Category1 and Category 2 applicants include:
- State governments
- City, township, or county governments
- Federally recognized Native American tribal governments
- Public housing authorities
- Indian housing authorities
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.
What This Program Funds
Capacity Building • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing
Application instructions, requirements, and other information about the online application process 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 grants.gov 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 grants.gov by the June 22, 2021 deadline.
- Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application, including attachments, in the JustGrants grants management system by the July 6, 2021 deadline.
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Past awards communities received in FY 2020 can be found on the program website.
One rural community who received funding is the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
Topics This Program Addresses
Community Supervision • Crime Reduction • Housing and Homelessness • Justice System • Recovery • Substance Use Disorder