Second Chance Act Pay for Success Initiative
Application Deadline: Apr 16, 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
- Native American tribal organizations other than federally recognized tribal governments
- Public housing authorities
- Indian housing authorities
Priority area funding is given to applicants who propose to address 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. Priority is also given to applications from a state or local government entity that operates at least one correctional facility seeking to enhance criminal justice and public safety by indicating agreement to comply with award conditions related to cooperation with federal law enforcement.
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.
To receive a priority consideration for enhancing criminal justice and public safety through cooperation with federal law enforcement, applicants must sign and submit the certification provided in Appendix A.
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 April 16, 2021 deadline.
- Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application, including attachments, in the JustGrants grants management system by the April 30, 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