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U.S. Department of Labor: Pathway Home

Deadline: March 16, 2021

The Pathway Home program seeks to provide incarcerated individuals with workforce services prior to release. The program also seeks to continue services after release by transitioning the participants into reentry programs in the communities to which they will return. These projects ensure that transitioning offenders are prepared to meet the needs of their local labor markets with the skills valued by employers. Projects must serve adults aged 18 or older who have been convicted under federal, state, or local law and are incarcerated in state correctional facilities or local or county jails. Grants cannot be used to support projects in a federal facility.

Pre-release services will assist inmates who enter the program within 20 to 180 days from their scheduled release date to prepare for returning to their communities. Pre-release services must include:

  • Job preparation
  • Developing individual development plans (IDPs) that identify barriers to employment, career exploration and planning
  • Counseling
  • Assistance obtaining state identification required for employment
  • Assistance with linking inmates to the social services required to help them transition back to their communities
  • Pre-release occupational training is highly encouraged

Post-release activities must include skill-building services, including apprenticeships and occupational training in in-demand industries that lead to industry-recognized credentials. Applicants must ensure that occupational training provided has no federal, state, or local regulations that restrict individuals with criminal records from obtaining licenses or other necessary credentials in that career. Participants must be able to maintain the same caseworker pre- and post-release.

Amount: Approximately 15 awards of up to $4 million each will be made. Applicants may propose a lesser amount based on the number of participants they propose to serve — see solicitation for details. Projects will have a 3- to 6-month planning period, a 24- to 27-month period of employment and training services, and 12 months of follow-up services for a total of 42-months for the grant performance period.

Note: Approximately 50 percent of the available funds will be awarded to organizations serving persons incarcerated in state correctional facilities, and approximately 50 percent of will be awarded to organizations serving persons incarcerated in local or county jails.

Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations including women’s, minority, community, and faith-based organizations; public institutions of higher education, including Hispanic-serving, Historically Black, Tribally controlled, and Alaska and Hawaii Native-serving higher education institutions; nonprofit postsecondary education institutions with or without 501(c)(3) status; state or local governments; for-profit organizations; and any Indian or Native American entity eligible for grants under Section 166 of WIOA.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=330958

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