DOL announces $12 million in grants for previously incarcerated women
March 27, 2012
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced that it has made available $12 million in grants for eligible organizations to support its re-integration efforts for previously incarcerated females. As part of a government-wide effort, the DOL is supplementing funds to help women safely and successfully re-enter communities and the workforce after getting out of justice facilities.
"We applaud this Department of Labor investment in women who have been formerly incarcerated and are working to rebuild their lives," said Attorney General Eric Holder. "This is an opportunity to make a difference - not only for these women, but also for their families, neighborhoods and communities."
Eligible organizations are allowed to apply for grants up to $1.5 million. Grant candidates must meet certain criteria to be considered for the DOL funding, such providing services that further re-integration initiatives and also offer services to both formerly incarcerated men and women. They must either provide job training or education for in-demand industries, treatment for substance abuse and mental health, mentoring and supportive services and child reunification help.
Interested organizations can visit the Department of Labor's website to learn more about the grant considerations and submit a proposal. Other foundations engaged in large-scale grant giving could benefit from similar solutions such as online services and grant management software
to streamline the application process.