Wednesday, March 16, 2011

New ETA Grant Opportunities Support Employment for Ex-Offenders

Recently, the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration announced the availability of grant funds to improve outcomes for individuals who were once involved with the criminal justice system. The two grant opportunities listed below seek to create opportunities for ex-offenders in ways that will enhance their future success in the labor market. Non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. 

The Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) announces the availability of approximately $20 million for the Civic Justice Corps Grants to serve juvenile offenders ages 18 to 24, who were involved with the juvenile justice system at least a year before.  The Civic Justice Corps was designed to support community service projects that will allow young offenders to give back to their communities through service. The research has shown such projects hold promise for reducing the recidivism rate of juvenile offenders by improving their vocational and educational skills and long-term prospects in the labor market. These projects have also been shown to increase their attachment to their community and their sense of community responsibility. These grants will be awarded through a competitive process. ETA intends to fund a minimum of 13 grants. Applicants may submit only one proposal of up to $1.5 million to cover a 30-month period of performance that includes up to four months of planning and a minimum of 26 months of operation. For more information on policies related to reducing juvenile retention visit policyforresults.orgApplications are due March 15, 2011.  

Through this notice, ETA announces the availability of approximately $11.7 million in grant funds to provide pre-release and post-release services to ex-offenders returning to high poverty, high-crime communities. These services will include job training and employment preparation, mentoring, and assistance connecting to supportive services such as housing, substance abuse programs and mental health treatment. Specifically, the employment component of the grant will focus on the development of employment opportunities in in-demand occupations, including emerging "green" jobs. These grants will be awarded through a competitive process. The Department expects to award approximately 10 grants of approximately $1,170,000 each for a 27-month period of performance. Applications are due March 17, 2011.

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