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Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofits to Administer Grant Programs to Improve Reentry Services

Second Chance Act Community-based Reentry Incubator Initiative


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
CFDA Number: 16.812
Funding or PIN Number: O-BJA-2023-171692
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/20/23 8:59 PM ET - deadline; 06/27/23 8:59 PM ET - JustGrants deadline. Save

Grant Description
Cooperative agreements to USA and territories nonprofit organizations to administer grant programs that will improve local, regional, or national reentry services. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to provide comprehensive training and technical assistance services to CBOs that provide reentry services.

The purpose of the Second Chance Act (SCA) Community-based Reentry Incubator Initiative is to build programmatic, financial, and organizational capacity in community-based organizations and faith-based institutions to provide sustainable and transitional services to people leaving incarceration that focus on community and family reintegration, building strengths-based assets, and reducing recidivism (including reducing arrests, new charges, convictions for new offenses, and reincarceration).

BJA is open to a range of models to be used by intermediary organizations serving as fiscal agents. The organization may focus on CBOs in a particular city, region, or have a more national scope. These approaches should seek to build capacities that can be sustained by local or regional partners at the end of the project. The intermediary organization is expected to competitively award subawards in collaboration with BJA and provide TTA support to the selected CBOs implementing new reentry programs or expanding existing programs. The applicant should propose a pass-through amount for the subawardees, an administrative amount to be retained by the applicant, and, if applicable, an amount to contract and manage a process evaluation. BJA expects applicants to retain 30 percent of their budget to support their work as intermediaries and to pass the other 70 percent to competitively selected subawardees.

BJA will award two organizations that can demonstrate capacity to make competitive subawards and provide training and technical assistance. The selected providers will take on the fiscal and administrative responsibility of these subawards to include an application process to request proposals; training and coaching subawardees in case management development and service provision designed to ensure that the transition from prison or jail to the community is safe and successful; and conducting virtual, in-person site visits to assess each subawardee’s efficacy, as well as, an independent process evaluation of the Community-based Reentry Incubator Initiative.

Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables:


  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Applicants:
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education

For the purposes of this solicitation, “state” means any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

An applicant entity may submit more than one application, if each application proposes a different project in response to the solicitation. Also, an entity may be proposed as a subrecipient (subgrantee) in more than one application.

BJA will consider applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (subgrantees).

Pre-Application Information
The SF-424 and the SF-LLL must be submitted in by June 20, 2023 8:59 PM ET.

The full application must be submitted in JustGrants by June 27, 2023 8:59 PM ET.

Before submitting an application, all applicants must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). Registration and renewal can take up to 10 business days to complete.

Applications must be submitted to DOJ electronically through a two-step process via and JustGrants.
- Step 1: The applicant must submit by the deadline the required Application for Federal Assistance standard form (SF-424) and a Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF-LLL) form when they register in Submit the SF-424 and SF-LLL as early as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the deadline. If an applicant fails to submit in, they will be unable to apply in JustGrants.
- Step 2: The applicant must submit the full application, including attachments, in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $4,000,000

Term of Contract
Period of Performance Start Date: 10/1/23
Period of Performance Duration: 60 months

Contact Information
For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, contact the OJP Response Center at 800-851-3420, 301-240-6310 (TTY for hearing-impaired callers only), or

For technical assistance with submitting the SF-424 and a SF-LLL in, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726, 606-545-5035, Customer Support, or

For technical assistance with submitting the full application in JustGrants, contact the JustGrants Service Desk at 833-872-5175 or

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