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Department of Labor Announces Availability of Grants to Assist Formerly Incarcerated Juveniles and Women Prepare to Enter the Workforce
Mar 1, 2013

The Department of Labor has announced the availability of approximately $32 million through two grant competitions that will offer job training, education and support services to formerly incarcerated youths and women.

The department will award a total of $20 million to four organizations to operate programs that work with juvenile offenders and youths at-risk of becoming juvenile offenders in high-poverty, high-crime communities. Each organization may submit only one application for a grant of up to $5 million.

Additionally, the department will award a total of $12 million to eight organizations to provide job training for formerly incarcerated individuals of all ages that leads to industry-recognized credentials. Mentoring and assistance connecting to supportive services such as housing, substance abuse and mental health treatment, and assistance with parenting and child reunification, also will be available to participants. These grants are designed to expand opportunities for both youths and adults who demonstrate characteristics most common to female former offenders. However, services must also be open to eligible formerly incarcerated males. Each organization may submit only one application for a grant of up to $1.5 million.

Any nonprofit organization with 501 (3)(c) status that meets the requirements of the solicitation may apply. The solicitations for grant applications, which include information about how to apply, are available at http://www.grants.gov.

Direct SGA links:

Intermediary Organizations Serving Juvenile Offenders in High-Poverty, High-Crime Communities

Strategies Targeting Characteristics Common to Female Ex-Offenders

Also see:

Employment and Training Administration's Reintegration of Ex-Offenders - Adult Program (RExO) Website

Federal Interagency Reentry Council

Training and Employment Guidance Letter 31-11:
Update on Complying with Nondiscrimination Provisions: Criminal Record Restrictions and Disparate Impact Based on Race and National Origin

OFCCP Directive 306: Complying with Nondiscrimination Provisions: Criminal Record Restrictions and Discrimination Based on Race and National Origin