Gotta love it when a federal agency announces grant availability with a deadline that is only a month later.
The Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is taking applications for a pot of $17.3 million that will fund three ventures, all related to effectively assisting offenders returning to the community from correctional facilities or detention centers:
* Local planning grants - to local governments, funds must be matched dollar for dollar. Most likely, 10 winners at $300,000 each.
* State or local offender implementation grants - can be used by governments for partnerships. Three winners, $3.1 million each.
* One grant for an intermediary - to a group that can demonstrate experience conducting demonstration sites in multiple cities. One $5 million grant.
The notice for the funding makes it clear what ETA believes will work in this mission: employment strategies, case management, educational strategies, mentoring, restorative justice and community violence prevention.
Get to it, though. The deadline for applications is December 18.