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U.S. Department of Education: Improved Reentry Education

Deadline: August 12, 2015

The purpose of the Improved Reentry Education (IRE) program is to support demonstration projects in prisoner reentry education that develop evidence of reentry education’s effectiveness. IRE seeks to demonstrate that high-quality, appropriately designed, integrated, and well-implemented educational and related services provided in institutional and community settings are critical in supporting educational attainment and reentry success for individuals who have been incarcerated.

The program includes two Absolute Priorities, which must be met in order to have a successful application:

  • Absolute Priority 1—Supporting High-Need Students: To meet this priority, an applicant must propose a project designed to improve academic outcomes or learning environments for low-skilled adults.
  • Absolute Priority 2—Improving Supports and Correctional Education: To meet this priority, an applicant must propose a project that: (1) Improves the quality of education programs in adult correctional facilities and community settings, and (2) Links correctional education students to education or job training programs post-release.

Amount: $2,700,000 is available for 9 awards ranging from $200,000-$350,000 each for one year. Funding for program years two and three is subject to the availability of funds.

Eligibility: One of the following organizations that currently provide adult education and literacy activities: correctional institutions; community correction facilities or organizations; intermediary prisoner reentry service providers; community-based educational service providers; other community-based or faith-based organizations; volunteer literacy organizations; institutions of higher education, including community college or technical colleges; public or private nonprofit agencies; libraries; occupational training providers; public housing authorities; or nonprofit institutions not described above that provide adult education and literacy activities in correctional institutions or community settings. If not a correctional institution, eligible applicants must enter into a partnership with a correctional institution.

Link: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/07/13/2015-17046/applications-for-new-awards-improved-reentry-education#h-30

Note: A pre-application meeting will be held July 20.

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