Prisoner Reentry

This program includes both Adult Reentry grants to serve adult returning offenders and Youthful Offender grants aimed at youth involved or at risk of involvement in crime and violence. The objectives of the Adult Reentry grants include increasing the employment rate, employment retention rate, and earnings of released prisoners, and decreasing their recidivism. The objectives of the Youthful Offender grants include preventing in-school youth from dropping out of school, increasing the employment rate of out-of-school youth, increasing the reading and math skills of youth, reducing the involvement of youth in crime and violence, and reducing the recidivism rate of youth.

Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency
Agency: Department of Labor
Office: Employment Training Administration
Types of Assistance
Uses and Use Restrictions
Services under the Adult Reentry grants include assistance in finding employment, mentoring, job training, remedial education, and other comprehensive transitional services. Services under the Youthful Offender grants include a wide array of educational, employment, mentoring, case management, violence reduction, diversion, and record expungement efforts. Restrictions for specific projects are listed in grant announcements. One hundred percent of these funds are set aside for discretionary activities to be distributed almost exclusively through competitive procurements.
Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Title I, Part Subtitle D, Section 171, Public Law 105-220, 20 U.S.C 9201.
Eligibility Requirements
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants for Reintegration of Ex-Offender-Adult (RExO) grants are community-based organizations (CBOs) that are located in, or have a staff presence in the community being served. Eligible applicants for Youthful Offenders vary depending on the solicitation. Examples of possible eligible applicants include community-based organizations, school districts, state and local government juvenile justice agencies, tribal entities, and entities carrying out activities under WIA, such as local workforce investment boards or American Job Centers.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Reintegration of Ex-Offender-Adult grants serve individuals, 18 years old and older, who have been convicted as an adult and have been imprisoned for violating a state or federal law, and who have never been convicted of a sex-related offense. Depending on the solicitation, enrollment may be limited based on whether the presenting offense was violent or whether the individual has previously committed a violent crime. Individuals eligible for Youthful Offender grants vary depending on the solicitation.
Non-governmental entities ordinarily must furnish documentary evidence of adequate financial controls. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process
Preapplication Coordination
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Grants for projects are awarded on a competitive basis, announced in Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGAs) in and also on ETA's Web site at Notices of the availability of SGAs are published in the Federal Register. To compete for a grant, organizations develop a proposal and budget that demonstrate how the organization will provide services to a targeted population. The SGA provides all of the necessary information for applying for Federal assistance.
Award Procedure
Procedures for each project are specified in the applicable request for proposals. The general procedure is as follows. A technical review panel composed of staff from ETA program offices as well as peer reviewers evaluates eligible submitted applications. The panel prepares a report for the ETA Grant Officer identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the application and the cumulative rating. Once selections are made by the Grant Officer, an Award Notification is sent through the appropriate congressional channels for notification. After awardees are notified, the list of awardees is posted on the ETA Web site at If an application is rejected, a letter is sent to the applicant as notification that they were not selected as a recipient of the grant.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
From 60 to 90 days.
From 60 to 90 days. Procedures for each project are specified in the applicable request for proposals.
> 180 Days. ETA may provide no-cost extensions at its own discretion based on the success of the project and other relevant factors.
Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The period of performance varies by grant announcement. The possibility of additional years of funding varies by grant announcement. Payments to grantees are usually made by Letter of Credit draw-down procedures. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Post Assistance Requirements
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Quarterly progress reports are required. Depending on the solicitation, grantees also may be required to participate in DOL's Management Information System data collection system. Quarterly financial reports are required. Regional Federal Project Officers are responsible for monitoring performance.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Varies
Recipients are required to maintain books, records, documents, and other evidence of accounting procedures and practices sufficient to reflect properly all direct and indirect costs of whatever nature claimed to have been incurred for the performance of the grant. Records are to be retained for three years from the date of final payment unless the grant officer authorizes earlier disposal.
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2013: Performance targets and results can be found in the DOL budget located at Fiscal Year 2014: Performance targets and results can be found in the DOL budget located at Fiscal Year 2015: Performance targets and results can be found in the DOL budget located at
Financial Information
Account Identification
16-0174-0-1-504 - Project Grants.
(Project Grants) FY 13 $79,000,000; FY 14 est $74,000,000; and FY 15 est $78,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The range and average of financial assistance varies by grant announcement. Adult offender grants have recently varied from $680,000 to $1.4 million for two years of operation. Youth offender grants have recently varies from $800,000 to $5 million for two years of operation.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Specified in SGA Announcement.
Information Contacts
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Richard G. Morris, 200 Constitution Ave, NW, Room N-4511, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Email: Phone: (202) 693-3603 Fax: (202) 693-3113.
Website Address
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Criteria for each proposal are specified in the applicable request for proposals.
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