Department of Labor Makes $30M Available in Grants for Programs Serving Young Adult Ex-Offenders: Deadline April 17, 2012
February 27, 2012
The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration has just made $30 million in grant funding available for organizations and local governments to implement service learning and training programs for young adult ex-offenders 18-21 who have been involved in the juvenile justice system. DOL expects to award a minimum of 20 grants at various amounts up to $1.5 million for 30 months. Service-learning projects conducted through these grants must integrate meaningful community service with instruction and reflection that enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and encourage lifelong civic engagement. Training provided through these grants is expected to lead to credentials recognized by in-demand industries in the grantee's geographic area to be served. Through service-learning, returning offenders are offered the opportunity to re-establish community-based trust while enhancing their work-based skills and status in their communities. Programs serving individuals transitioning out of the juvenile justice system help to stabilize a subpopulation at a higher risk of homelessness.
Applications are due to DOL by 4:00 pm Eastern time on April 17, 2012.