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Second Chance Act Addressing the Needs of Incarcerated Parents and their Minor Children

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 16.831
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice
May 30, 2023

Office of Justice Programs Response Center:


The Second Chance Act Addressing the Needs of Incarcerated Parents and their Minor Children program awards funding to support states, localities, and community-based organizations in developing and expanding programs and services to address the needs of incarcerated parents with children ages 18 and younger. The program seeks to facilitate positive family engagement between incarcerated parents and their children and implement programs that will decrease antisocial behaviors and future involvement in the juvenile justice system for children of incarcerated parents.

There are 2 funding categories:

Category 1: Addressing the Needs of Incarcerated Parents and Their Minor Children Programs and Services - to assist community-based organizations in implementing programs and services within correctional facilities, including those in rural areas, to reduce recidivism and support responsible parenting that leads to healthy child development, resiliency, and improved interactions among incarcerated parents and their minor children, and family and community members

Category 2: Addressing the Needs of Incarcerated Parents and Their Minor Children Training and Technical Assistance - will fund a technical assistance provider to support Category 1 sites with identifying service needs and gaps; developing program models; developing resource documents and tools; and informing sites on best practices and strategies that are family centered, promote positive youth development, and meet the needs of incarcerated parents and their minor children

Priority consideration will be given to:

  • Applicants with experience serving underserved and under-resourced communities and addressing inequities
  • Projects implemented by culturally specific organizations
  • Applicants committed to equity and access to justice for children and families regardless of characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion

Eligible Category 1 applicants include:

  • State and territorial governments
  • City, township, and county governments
  • Federally recognized tribal governments
  • Nonprofits with or without 501(c)(3) status
  • Tribal organizations

Eligible Category 2 applicants include:

  • Public and state-controlled institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits with or without 501(c)(3) status
  • For-profit organizations and small businesses
Geographic coverage
Nationwide and U.S. territories
Amount of funding

Award ceiling:

  • $750,000 each for up to 5 awards in Category 1
  • $1,000,000 for 1 award in Category 2

Project period: 36 months
Estimated total program funding: $4,480,000

Application process

Links to the full announcement, application instructions, and the online application process are available through

Applicants should submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in by the May 30, 2023 deadline.

Submit the full application, including attachments, in the JustGrants grants management system by the June 12, 2023 deadline.

Tagged as
Child welfare · Children and youth · Criminal justice system · Families

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