Helping Justice-Involved Reenter Employment (HIRE)
The California Workforce Development Board (CWDB) is pleased to announce the Helping Justice-Involved Reenter Employment (HIRE) initiative, a new funding opportunity for community-based organizations (CBOs) and other non-profit 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.
Grants will be available to CBOs and other non-profit organizations that specialize in serving the reentry population and demonstrate:
- Relationships with employers that hire individuals with a criminal record.
- A history of developing training programs with feedback from the reentry population.
HIRE funding will be awarded through a competitive solicitation process in which reentry-focused CBOs may apply either independently, or as part of a “network” of CBOs encompassing multiple organizations applying together. CBOs applying as part of a network will be eligible for higher award amounts.
Upcoming Virtual Information Sessions
CWDB and the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) will hold two virtual webinars for organizations interested in applying for a HIRE grant. Both Meet and Greet webinars will provide an opportunity for interested applicants to learn about the HIRE grant and to connect with other organizations interested in applying.
Join CWDB and CEO:
Interested Applicant Survey
|Meet and Greet Session #1||March 8, 2023, at 10:00 AM|
|Meet and Greet Session #2||March 22, 2023, at 10:00 AM|
|RFA Release||April 2023|
|Online Application Available||April 2023|
|Live Application Webinar||To be announced|
|Applications Due||To be announced|
|Award Announcement||To be announced|
|Grant Term||Up to three years from the contract start date.|
- CA Community Colleges Econ & Workforce Development
- California Labor and Workforce Development Agency
- Employment Development Department
- California Department of Industrial Relations
- California Department of Education
- State Personnel Board
- EDD/Labor Market Information Division
- EDD Policy & Guidance
- California Employment Training Panel
- Workforce Investment Works
- California Department of Rehabilitation