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.

Eligible Applicants

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.

This is an infographic of the four project types for HIRE: independent projects, network hubs, network spokes, and technical assistance.

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

Key Dates

Meet and Greet Session #1March 8, 2023, at 10:00 AM
Meet and Greet Session #2March 22, 2023, at 10:00 AM
RFA ReleaseApril 2023
Online Application AvailableApril 2023
Live Application WebinarTo be announced
Applications DueTo be announced
Award AnnouncementTo be announced
Grant TermUp to three years from the contract start date.