Helping Justice-Involved Reenter Employment (HIRE)

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The HIRE initiative is the latest program under the Corrections-Workforce Partnership, a state-level collaboration effort between CWDB, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), and the California Prison Industry Authority (CalPIA). Since 2018, the CWDB has formally partnered with CDCR and CalPIA to improve labor market outcomes of the state's justice-involved and formerly incarcerated populations.



The California Workforce Development Board (CWDB) is pleased to announce the Helping Justice-Involved Reenter Employment (HIRE) initiative. HIRE is a new funding opportunity for community-based organizations (CBOs) and other nonprofit organizations to provide employment services to justice-involved individuals. Approximately $50,000,000 will be available to qualified grantees. The initiative's objectives are to:

  ·Increase employment opportunities and job mobility for formerly incarcerated and justice-involved individuals.

  ·Provide training, reskilling and upskilling, and supportive services to justice-involved individuals to improve employment opportunities and job mobility.

Under HIRE, CWDB seeks to fund organizations that advance the goals of its Strategic Plan and build workforce system infrastructure and capacity through:

 ·Collaboration among partners to develop service delivery strategies and align resources to connect the     supervised population to employment.

·Innovation that creates new or adapts existing approaches or accelerates application of promising practices in workforce development and skill attainment.

·System change that utilizes these funds to incentivize the adoption of proven strategies and innovations that are sustained beyond the grant period.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Business
  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency

Funds under this Request For Applications (RFA) will be awarded to CBOs and other nonprofit organizations specializing in serving California's reentry population. Organizations applying must demonstrate both:

·Relationships with employers that hire individuals with a criminal record

·A history of developing training programs with feedback from the reentry population

Applicants must align with the objectives of this initiative and determine whether they will be applying independently or as part of a network. Organizations seeking to fulfill fiscal agent responsibilities for this grant should have experience providing services consistent with the objectives of this initiative and to the population specified.


Matching Funding Requirement:

Match funds are not required for the HIRE grant. However, the CWDB encourages applicants to leverage cash or in-kind support for project activities. Match resources can be from a variety of sources, including, but not limited to, businesses, industry associations, labor organizations, CBOs, education and training providers, and/or federal, state, and local government programs. WIOA dollars cannot be used as match.

Important Dates

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The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
September 2023
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
12 Months

Funding Details

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  • State

Funding Source Notes:

The California Legislature passed Assembly Bill (AB) 178, which made available $50,000,000 to the CWDB to administer a statewide reentry grant program. 

·Specialize in serving the reentry population in California.

·Demonstrate relationships with employers that hire individuals with a criminal record.

·Show a track record of developing training programs with feedback from the reentry population.

The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

This grant operates on a reimbursement structure. Small CBOs may submit an invoice to receive up to 20% of their approved budget upon contract execution with CWDB to support the implementation of grant activities. Monthly invoices are required to account for all advanced funds. The remaining awarded grant funds will be provided through a monthly reimbursement process. 

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


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