Reintegration of Ex-Offenders


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 and 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
Agency: Department of Labor
Office: Employment Training Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Entered Employment Rate for Non-Youth (RExO) - 58% a/o 6/30/14
Employment Retention Rate Non-Youth (RExO) - 72% a/o 6/30/14
Placement Rate for Youth Ages 18 and Above (RExO) - 36.2% a/o 6/30/14
Recidivism Rate for Youth Ages 14 to 17 (RExO) - 24% a/o 6/30/14
Recidivism Rate for Youth Ages 18 and Above (RExO) -16% a/o 6/30/14. Fiscal Year 2015: Performance targets and results can be found in the DOL budget located at Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was passed on July 22, 2014. It supersedes titles I and II of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, and amends the Wagner-Peyser Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The law went into effect on July 1, 2015. Also, unless otherwise stipulated, recipients are subject to Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards; Final Rule on December 26, 2013 and found at 2 CFR Part 200 along with the OMB approved exceptions for DOL at 2 CFR Part 2900 published on December 19, 2014 in the Federal Register., Public Law 113-128; The Workforce Investment Act, Public Law 105-220.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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 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.
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 youth focused grants vary depending on the solicitation.
Non-governmental entities ordinarily must furnish documentary evidence of adequate financial controls. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
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
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 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 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 office, 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.
> 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. 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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. 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.
Other 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.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
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
Financial Information
Account Identification
16-0174-0-1-504 - Project Grants.
(Project Grants) FY 14 $74,000,000; FY 15 est $77,000,000; and FY 16 est $80,000,000
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 varies 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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