The US Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration has two grant opportunities for non-profits that serve ex-offenders re-entering the community.
The Strategies Targeting Characteristics Common to Female Ex-Offenders grant expects to award about 8 grants totaling $12 million to non-profits that help adult or youth ex-offenders either pre- or post-release with job skills training. Programs must target one or more characteristics common to female ex-offenders, including “sexual or physical abuse, family turmoil, early puberty, learning disabilities and school failure, and mental health and substance abuse issues.” The grant announcement states, “Services to be funded will be targeted to female ex-offenders, but must also be open to eligible male ex-offenders.” The application deadline is April 17, 2013.
The Training to Work - Adult Reentry grant program will award approximately 15 grants totaling $20 million to non-profits that serve participants in high-crime, high-poverty areas that experience high rates of criminal recidivism. Grant-funded projects must help ex-offenders enrolled in state or local work-release programs acquire credentials to increase employability. The purpose of the grant is to, “help participants attain industry-recognized credentials for jobs in demand industries in their area prior to release or within 90 days after release from a state or local work release program.” The application deadline is May 2, 2013.