LINKING TO EMPLOYMENT ACTIVITIES PRE‐RELEASE THROUGH SPECIALIZED AMERICAN JOB CENTERS (AJCS) – (“LEAP-2”)
This Announcement solicits applications for LEAP-2. The purpose of this pilot program is to provide incarcerated individuals with workforce services prior to release and link them to a continuum of services offered through their community-based AJCs post-release. These grants are job-driven and build connections to local employers that will enable transitioning offenders to secure employment. The jail-based specialized AJCs will enable transitioning offenders to prepare for employment prior to release and continue with Individual Employment Plans (as described in Section IV) in the community once released. The aim of these centers is to improve the workforce outcomes for transitioning offenders. These jail-based specialized AJCs will build upon the successful and effective strategies that currently exist in similar correctional facility-based one-stop centers across the country. The jail-based specialized AJCs align with the Presidentâ€™s job-driven vision by ensuring that transitioning offenders are prepared to meet the needs of their local labor markets and have the skills valued by employers. The jail-based specialized AJCs provide an integrated approach that will allow the public workforce system and correctional systems to leverage resources and services to improve employability for this population. Teaching transitioning offenders foundational skills such as job readiness, employability, and job search strategies, in addition to providing other related interventions, can provide access to employment and reduce the likelihood of reoffending. The employer connections that the jail-based specialized AJCs will build will inform program curricula and ensure relevance to the needs of local businesses and jobs. In addition to linking the jail-based and community-based AJCs, the LWDBs must partner with their county, municipal, or regional correctional facilities as well as their county or municipal governments. Additional, non-required, program partners may include non-profit supportive services providers, such as philanthropic, community-based, and faith-based organizations, and other local government agencies that provide relevant services and resources. Strong support from community collaborators can lead to greater program sustainability and support better participant outcomes.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Labor
Office: Employment and Training Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Number of Awards Available
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Eligible applicants are Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDBs). LWDBs must apply in partnership with their county or municipal governments and their county, municipal, or regional correctional facilities (this excludes any state or Federal correctional facilities that may be located in the local commuting area) and provide evidence of this partnership in their application. In states where the State Workforce Development Board (SWDB) carries out the functions of the LWDB pursuant to a DOL-approved waiver, or in states designated as a single-state local area, as established under Section 107 of WIOA, the SWDB is an eligible applicant. In states that operate unified correctional systems where there are no county, municipal, or regional correctional facilities but instead all correctional institutions fall under the jurisdiction of the State, LWDBs may partner with the state-run correctional facility in the local commuting area. Applicants may include current or former Department grantees; new applicants that have not previously received a Department discretionary award are also encouraged to apply. Funds for these grants are to be used as start-up money to establish jail-based AJCs or to expand existing career centers within the jail that provide reentry services. Organizations that received funding under LEAP FOA-ETA-15-03 are only eligible to receive funding under this Announcement if they propose new and separate projects that will not serve participants at any of the same correctional facility locations as those projects funded under LEAP FOA-ETA-15-03. This restriction would not prohibit an applicant that received an award under LEAP FOA-ETA-15-03 from partnering with the same correctional system for the purposes of this funding opportunity announcement if the applicant proposes to serve individuals at a different physical location within the same correctional system.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Applications must be received no later than 4:00:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program does not have cost sharing or matching requirements.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Grants Management Specialist
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Awards up to $500,000.00