BJA Accepting Letters of Interest to Support the Hiring of People with Criminal Records

bjaThe U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), through its administration of the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC), is inviting letters of interest from organizations that are interested in providing technical assistance to employers to support the hiring of people with criminal records.

BJA is dedicating $500,000 over the course of one year to support the delivery of technical assistance to employers. For the purpose of this project, technical assistance includes creating model hiring and human resource practices and policies; promoting peer learning opportunities through conferences, meetings, and webinars; and developing best or promising practices to track and compare data on employees with and without criminal records.[1]

The technical assistance approach should be guided by an advisory board of stakeholders from relevant sectors, comprising primarily employers and human resource organizations, but also including advocates, people impacted by the criminal justice system, consumer reporting agencies, and trade associations.

Letters of interest—no longer than four pages—should be sent to by February 2, 2017, and should describe interested organizations’ experience with the following:

  1. Designing and implementing a strategy to engage employers in hiring people with criminal records
  2. Working with community organizations, including those that provide services for or include representation of people with criminal records
  3. Convening an advisory group to support project goals, including employer-focused technical assistance and the development of best practices
  4. Providing technical assistance or training to other internal and external stakeholders

Letters of interest should also include any examples of employer-focused technical assistance that are relevant to the proposed project.

After review of the letters of interest, select organizations will be invited to submit a full proposal in March 2017.


[1] To ensure representation at local and national convenings, up to $100,000 of this award can be dedicated to travel and will be designated in grantees’ proposed budgets.