U.S. Department of Labor Offers Grant to Help Formerly Incarcerated Individuals Transition Into the Workplace

Through $82.5 million in grant funding, the Department will support communities in implementing comprehensive reentry programs to address the challenges faced by formerly incarcerated Americans as they transition into the workplace. The investment will support programs that offer a range of services based on current evidence and proven research, as well as promising emerging practices.

DOL intends to invest in rural- and urban-serving organizations, including women’s and minority organizations, state or local governments, and eligible Indian or Native American entities. All projects must be located in high-crime, high-poverty communities. The Department intends to conduct a rigorous evaluation of program models to build upon and contribute to the evidence base in the area of assisting formerly incarcerated Americans as they successfully transition back to the workplace, breaking the cycle of crime in vulnerable communities.

The Funding Opportunity Announcement, which includes information about how to apply, is available at http://www.grants.gov.