Second Chance Act Prisoner Reentry Initiative

The synopsis for this grant opportunity is detailed below, following this paragraph. This synopsis contains all of the updates to this document that have been posted as of 02/27/2009 . If updates have been made to the opportunity synopsis, update information is provided below the synopsis.Any inconsistency between the original printed document and the disk or electronic document shall be resolved by giving precedence to the printed document.

Document Type: Grants Notice
Funding Opportunity Number: BJA-2009-2095
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Posted Date: Feb 27, 2009
Creation Date: Feb 27, 2009
Original Closing Date for Applications: April 20, 2009   
Current Closing Date for Applications: April 20, 2009   
Archive Date: May 20, 2009
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Law, Justice and Legal Services
Category Explanation:  
Expected Number of Awards:  
Estimated Total Program Funding:  
Award Ceiling: $750,000
Award Floor: $0
CFDA Number(s): 16.202  —  Prisoner Reentry Initiative Demonstration (Offender Reentry)
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: Yes

Eligible Applicants

State governments
County governments
City or township governments
Special district governments
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)

Additional Information on Eligibility:

State and local government agencies and federally recognized Indian tribes are eligible to apply under this program. Applicants must adhere to all of the eligibility and funding requirements of the Second Chance Act. In order to be eligible to apply for funding, the jurisdiction preparing the application must have developed a reentry strategic plan which includes a detailed implementation schedule as well as extensive evidence of collaboration with key public and private stakeholders. Applicants must also have established a Reentry Task Force comprised of specific justice system and community representation. American Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Tribes and/or Tribal Organizations: All tribal applications must be accompanied by a current authorizing resolution of the governing body of the tribal entity or other enactment of the tribal council or comparable government body. If the grant will benefit more than one tribal entity, a current authorizing resolution or other enactment of the tribal council or comparable government body from each tribal entity must be included. If the grant application is being submitted on behalf of a tribal entity, a letter or similar document authorizing the inclusion of the tribal entity named in the application must be included.

Agency Name

Bureau of Justice Assistance


The Second Chance Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-199) provides a comprehensive response to the increasing number of people who are released from prison and jail and returning to communities. There are currently over 2.3 million individuals serving time in our federal and state prisons, and millions of people cycling through local jails every year. Ninety-five percent of all prisoners incarcerated today will eventually be released and will return to communities. The Second Chance Act will help ensure the transition individuals make from prison or jail to the community is safe and successful. Section 101 of the Act authorizes grants to state and local governments and federally recognized Indian tribes that may be used for demonstration projects to promote the safe and successful reintegration into the community of individuals who have been incarcerated.

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Al Roddy
Technical Assistance
202-353-1881 Technical Assistance