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Second Chance Act Pay for Success Initiative: Outcomes-based Contracting To Lower Recidivism and Homelessness

Grants to USA State, Local, and Tribal Governments to Implement
Housing Contracts for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

Deadline Date:

10/15/19 11:59 PM Eastern Time


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Grants to USA state, local, and federally-recognized tribal governments to implement housing service contracts that assist previously incarcerated individuals. Applicants are advised that completing required registrations may take several weeks. Funding may be used for reentry services for those with a moderate to high risk of recidivism and for services available to individuals living in permanent supportive housing units.

The purpose of this program is to assist local, state, and tribal governments in converting reentry and permanent supportive housing (PSH) service contracts into outcomes-based contracts in order to ensure accountability and improve performance with regard to recidivism reduction (categories 1 and 2) and increasing nights housed and emergency service savings (Category 2). 

The initiative will provide assistance to price, write, negotiate, fund, and manage contracts that pay for these services in a way that ensures accountability of the contract service providers and incentivizes improved performance over time.

Priority consideration will be given to applicants that propose strategies to reduce violent recidivism among high-risk offenders, employ randomized control trial (RCT) methods to evaluate effectiveness, and propose to enhance public safety in qualified opportunity zones. All applicants will be judged on the totality of their proposals. 

For information about objectives and deliverables, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186763

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Category 1: Up to $2,000,000
Category 2: Up to $2,200,000

Term of Contract:

The period of performance start date March 1, 2020.

The period of performance duration is 54 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Eligible applicants: Special district governments
- County governments
- City or township governments
- State governments
- Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)

Applicants must register in and submit applications through, a primary source to find federal funding opportunities and apply for funding. Registering with is a one-time process; however, processing delays may occur, and it can take several weeks for first-time registrants to receive confirmation of registration and a user password. OJP encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline. In addition, OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date, in order to allow time for the applicant to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from, and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

Every applicant entity must comply with all applicable SAM and unique entity identifier (currently, a DUNS number) requirements. SAM is the repository for certain standard information about federal financial assistance applicants, recipients, and subrecipients. A DUNS number is a unique nine-digit identification number provided by the commercial company Dun and Bradstreet.

Obtaining a DUNS number is a free, one-time activity. Call Dun and Bradstreet at 866-705-5711 to obtain a DUNS number or apply online at A DUNS number is usually received within 2 business days.

Any applicant for an OJP award creating a new entity registration (or updating or renewing a registration) in must submit an original, signed notarized letter appointing the authorized Entity Administrator within thirty (30) days of the registration activation. Notarized letters must be submitted via U.S. Postal Service Mail. Read the Alert at to learn more about what is required in the notarized letter, and read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) at to learn more about this process change. All applicants for OJP awards (other than individuals) must maintain current registrations in the SAM database. Applicants will need the authorizing official of the organization and an Employer Identification Number (EIN). Information about SAM registration procedures can be accessed at

Applicants must acquire confirmation for the AOR from the E-Business Point of Contact (E-Biz POC). The E-Biz POC at the applicant organization must log into to confirm the applicant organization’s AOR. The E-Biz POC will need the Marketing Partner Identification Number (MPIN) password obtained when registering with SAM to complete this step. Note that an organization can have more than one AOR.

Pre-Application Information:

The closing date for applications is Oct 15, 2019, at 11:59 PM Easter Time.

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For assistance with any unforeseen technical issues beyond an applicant’s control that prevent it from submitting its application by the deadline, or any other requirement of this solicitation, contact the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center:
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16.812 -- Second Chance Act Reentry Initiative

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