According to the U.S. Office of Justice Programs and the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), more than 650,000 prisoners are released every year in the U.S. More than two-thirds of ex-offenders are re-arrested, and half return to prison within three years of release. Grants are available for reentry programs designed to change these sobering statistics. Programs providing housing, job training, and ex-offender mentoring are all eligible for grants from federal and state programs.
Federal and State Government Grants
Comprehensive reentry programs for ex-offenders can access federal grant funding from twelve different federal departments. Programs can receive grant funding from eight different departments who are partners in the Severe and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative, including the Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, and the Department of Labor. Find state grants by state map or pull-down menu on the Reentry Resource Map of the National Reentry Resource Center.
Private Organizations Supporting Reentry
Many national private organizations support reentry programs with funding, program information, advocacy and research. Find a list of many national level organizations that could provide grants on the Reentry Resources section of the Office of Justice Programs Reentry website. Locate state or local foundations willing to provide grants through the State Resources web page of the Office of Justice Programs Reentry website.
Research and Program Development
Reentry for ex-offenders is a complex field. Study research publications and access training to incorporate the best practices in your reentry program. Find a complete list of training and technical assistance providers on the Office of Justice Programs Reentry website. Locate online publications on any aspect of reentry program development on the Office of Justice Programs Reentry website.
Grant Writing Resources
Locate training and instructions for writing federal and state grants for reentry programs through the Office of Justice Programs extensive list of grant writing resources. Learn how to write grants for private foundations or corporations from the Foundation Center Online. Read a straightforward grant application tutorial from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which meets the criteria of the Office of Justice Programs.
- U.S. Department of Justice; Office of Justice Programs; Reentry
- U.S. Department of Justice; Office of Justice Programs; National Resources - Organizations
- U.S. Department of Justice; Office of Justice Programs; State Activities and Resources
- U.S. Department of Justice; Office of Justice Programs; Training and Technical Assistance Providers
- U.S. Department of Justice; Office of Justice Programs; Reentry Publications
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