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U.S. Department of Labor: Face Forward 3 Intermediary and Community Grants

Deadline: April 23, 2015

Face Forward 3 – Intermediary and Community grants will offer organizations the opportunity to develop and implement programs that will focus on addressing the employment barriers of court-involved youth while helping them attain in-demand occupational and employment skills needed to obtain good jobs. These grants will help participants move forward into the future by combining the most promising workforce and juvenile justice strategies available. These grants are designed to systematically improve the workforce outcomes of court-involved youth by helping them to continue their education and obtain industry-recognized credentials that prepare them for jobs in demand industries using career pathways.

The core project components for these grants include: case management including family supports, mentoring, educational interventions, service-learning, occupational training in demand industries which lead to industry-recognized credentials, workforce activities that lead to employment, follow-up activities, family supports, and expungement and diversion. The expungement and diversion components will be provided through the juvenile justice system (JJS) and non-profit legal services organizations.

Community grantees or sub-grantees of intermediary organizations must collaborate with the local components of the JJS to ensure that court-involved youth receive referrals into programs as a means of diversion or diverting them from juvenile detention, and collaborate with non-profit legal services organizations to assist program participants with expungement or other state recognized methods, such as sealing juvenile records, as a means of mitigating those records.

Eligible participants include those who:

  • Are at least 14 years and not older than 24 years of age on the date of enrollment
  • Are currently involved or have been involved with the JJS, which includes: under the supervision of the JJS, either in out-of-home placements, on probation, or on parole; or under an alternative sentence by the juvenile justice system; or under a diversion program as an alternative to juvenile prosecution by the JJS
  • Have never been convicted as an adult under Federal, state or local/municipal law
  • Currently reside in (or resided in before confinement in a correctional facility) the community to be served

Up to 10% of participants can be “at-risk” youth who do not have involvement with JJS.

Amount: $30,500,000 is available for up to 4 Intermediary grants of $5 million each, and approximately 10 Community grants of up to $1,050,000 each. The grant period is 39 months.

Applicants must not exceed a cost per participant of $8,000. Community organizations submitting applications requesting the maximum $1,050,000 must serve at least 132 participants. Intermediary organizations submitting applications requesting the maximum $5,000,000 must ensure that their sub-grantees cumulatively serve at least 625 participants.

Eligibility:

  • Community grants: Eligible applicants include any current or prior Face Forward grantees, any community or faith-based organization with 501(c)3 non-profit status (including women and minority-focused organizations), unit of state or local government, or any Indian and Native American entity eligible for grants under WIA Section 166.
  • Intermediary grants: Eligible applicants include any current or prior Face Forward grantees, any community or faith-based organization with 501(c)3 non-profit status (including women’s and minority organizations) or any Indian and Native American entity eligible for grants under WIA Section 166. Only organizations that have an affiliate network or offices in at least two states are eligible to be intermediary applicants.

Link: http://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=275016

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