Reentry Employment Opportunities


This program includes both reentry grants focused on serving returning adults and youth focused 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, employment retention, and earnings rate of released individuals while also decreasing their rate of recidivism. The objectives of the youthful reentry 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.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law on July 22, 2014. It supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, and amends the Wagner-Peyser Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Only the version published in the Federal Register is the official regulation., Title Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014, Section 169 (a)(2)(A)-(G), The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Section 169, Public Law 113-128, codified at 29 U.S.C. 3224 authorize this program, Public Law 113-128
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants for Reentry Employment Opportunities (REO) grants are community-based organizations (CBOs) that are located in, or have a staff presence in the community being served. Eligible applicants for youth focused grants 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 WIOA, such as local Workforce Investment Boards or American Job Centers. Eligible applicants for adult focused grants vary depending on the solicitation.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Reentry Employment Opportunities (REO) 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. Eligible applicants for youth focused grants vary depending on the solicitation.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Grants for projects are awarded on a competitive basis, announced in Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs), in and also on ETA's Web site at Notices of the availability of FOAs may be 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 FOA 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 evaluate submitted and eligible applications. The panel prepares a report for the ETA Grant Officer identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the application and the cumulative rating. Once recommendations are made by the Grant Officer and approved by the Secretary of Labor 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 location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
From 60 to 90 days. Procedures for each project are specified in the applicable request for proposals.
More than 180 days. ETA may provide no-cost extensions at its own discretion based on the success of the project and other relevant factors.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria for each proposal are specified in the applicable request for proposals.
How may assistance be used?
Services under the adult reentry grants include assistance in finding employment, mentoring, job training, remedial education, and other comprehensive transitional services. Services under the youth focused grants include a wide array of educational, employment, mentoring, case management, violence reduction, diversion, and record expungement services.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Regional Federal Project Officers are responsible for monitoring performance.
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.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
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: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Richard G. Morris,
200 Constitution Ave, NW, Room N-4511
Washington, DC 20210 US
Phone: (202) 693-3603
Fax: (202) 693-3113.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$87,000,000.00; FY 19 est $88,000,000.00; FY 20 est $89,000,000.00; FY 17$78,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The range and average of financial assistance varies by grant announcement. Adult focused grants have recently varied from $680,000 to $1.4 million for two years of operation. Youth offender grants have recently varied from $800,000 to $5 million for two years of operation.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Specified in Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA).
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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