Monday, March 28, 2011

OJJDP Adult and Juvenile Mentoring Grants Available

Recently, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) announced the availability of two grant programs that provide mentoring opportunities for adult and juvenile offenders. The grants are made available under the Second Chance Act (2007), which provides a comprehensive response to the increasing number of incarcerated adults and juveniles who are released from prison, jail, and juvenile residential facilities and return to communities. The first-of-its-kind legislation, the Second Chance Act awards funding to government agencies and nonprofit organizations to provide employment assistance, substance abuse treatment, housing, family programming, mentoring, victims support, and other services that can help reduce recidivism. The following grant opportunities are the most recent announcements of grant funds available under the Second Chance Act:

OJJDP Adult Mentoring Grants to Nonprofit Organizations- The purpose of this program is to promote more effective and successful reentry of offenders through mentorship. The grant delineates two categories of mentoring programs. Category 1 solicits applicants that propose to provide mentoring to adult offenders of a specific target population. For example, programs may target offenders who either have similar demographics (age, gender etc.), return to a specific community or neighborhood, or are housed in the same facility. While Category 2, solicits applicants that propose to focus on a specific subset of adult offenders who are also fathers and mothers. Award amounts are limited to $300,000 for a period of 24 months. Both nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Indian tribes that have experience providing mentoring services should apply for this opportunity. Applications are due April 21, 2011.   
OJJDP FY 2011 Second Chance Act Juvenile Mentoring Grants-This program provide grants to support mentoring and other transitional services essential to reintegrating juvenile offenders into their communities. Award recipients must use their grants to: mentor juvenile offenders during secure confinement, through transition back to the community and post-release; provide transitional services to assist them in their reintegration into the community; and support training in offender and victim’s issues. Award amounts will be limited to $625,000 for a project period as long as 3 years. Public agencies, including state agencies, units of local government(including federally-recognized Indian tribal governments), public university and colleges, and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply.  Applications are due May 2, 2011. 

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