Over 10,000 individuals are released from prisons every week, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. They are expected to start their lives over again, including finding employment, finding a place to live, becoming a part of a community, all while trying to avoid the prison system again. For ex-felons, that can be quite an undertaking. There are stereotypes that go along with having a record as well as the fact that these people have been out of society for some time and may not be familiar with the current norms or expectations.
There are government, community, and non-profit organizations that focus on helping ex-prisoners get their lives back. Below is a list of a few grant opportunities that may help your organization fund reentry programs.
The Department of Labor has two grant programs for reentry needs. The first program is the Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release (LEAP) Demonstration. The goal of this program is to “develop and operate specialized American Job Centers (AJCs) inside of correctional facilities to address the employment barriers of incarcerated offenders as they transition into the community and the workforce.” Besides correctional facilities, other eligible partners for this program include non-profit supportive service providers, such as philanthropic, community-based, faith-based organizations, and other local government agencies that provide relevant services and resources. The anticipated funding announcement for this program is Winter 2016. Training to Work 3 – Adult Reentry Grants provides funding for training and employment for inmates 18 years and older participating in local or state work release programs. Grant applications for this program are due Jan. 16, 2016.
Non-profit organizations located in Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Davenport that provide services to help improve the employability or court-involved youth 17-24 can apply for funding from this grant program. Grants ranging from $125,000-$250,000 will be awarded. According to the website, “organizations that apply for the grants will develop programs that combine the most promising workforce and juvenile justice strategies. They must be capable of providing core services that include youth intensive case management, mentoring, educational interventions, service learning, occupational training in demand industries, workforce development and follow-up services.” The deadline was in September so this is a grant opportunity to file away for next year.
While not specifically a grant, The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has programs to help veterans that have been incarcerated. One of them deals specifically with reentry into communities. The Health Care for Re-entry Veterans (HCRV) Program assists veterans in reentering the community successfully. This focuses on making sure the veterans have housing, medical care, psychiatric care if necessary, and social services.
Many foundations have narrow geographic foci while supporting a wide array of social service activities. Though not specifically for re-entry, these foundations could fund re-entry programs under their broader mission. To find them in your area, Google for search terms such as “grants for social services in Atlanta.” It will likely take some additional digging to find a good match, but a search like this will yield several possibilities to look into.
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