DOL Funding $82.5M to help Incarcerated Americans exit into the workforce

The U.S. Department of Labor has made an $82.5 million investment to help Americans exit incarceration and integrate into the workforce.  

Through this $82.5 million in grant funding, the Department will support communities in implementing comprehensive reentry programs to address the challenges faced by formerly incarcerated Americans as they transition into the workplace. The investment will support programs that offer a range of services based on current evidence and proven research, as well as promising emerging practices. 

The Department intends to invest in rural- and urban-serving organizations, including women’s and minority organizations, state or local governments, and eligible Indian or Native American entities. All projects must be located in high-crime, high-poverty communities. The Department intends to conduct a rigorous evaluation of program models to build upon and contribute to the evidence base in the area of assisting formerly incarcerated Americans as they successfully transition back to the workplace, breaking the cycle of crime in vulnerable communities. 

As the Department seeks to identify even more effective strategies, organizations applying for funding are encouraged to select, implement, and test different program services and features of program models. Consistent with the President’s Executive Order on Expanding Apprenticeships in the United States, the Department is especially interested in program models that offer apprenticeship opportunities. 

The Funding Opportunity Announcement, which includes information about how to apply, is available at

Funding Opportunity Number: FOA-ETA-18-02