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Parolee Employment Placement Program (PEPP)

Grants to New Jersey Nonprofits, Organizations, Employers,
and Placement Agencies to Increase the Employment of Parolees

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New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) - Office of Transitional Workforce Services

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Deadline Date:

05/14/21 4:00 PM Electronic Receipt


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Grants to New Jersey nonprofit organizations, trade organizations, employers, labor organizations, placement agencies, community-based organizations, and faith-based organizations to increase the employment of parolees. The purpose of this program is to increase opportunities for parolees and significantly reduce the likelihood of recidivism.

The NJDOL, in collaboration with the State Parole Board (SPB), seeks to fund proposals that will provide placement services, on a fee-for-service basis, to parolees of the SPB.

There are over 15,000 offenders throughout New Jersey under the supervision of the SPB. The offender population has a much harder time returning to the workforce than other populations of job seekers. They often have multiple barriers to employment and require additional services and unique approaches to resolving issues. Research has shown that employment is a deterrent to recidivism. 

The grantee will be responsible for providing job coaching and employment preparation, job placement, and tracking employment retention. 

Case Management, Job Placement, and Employer Incentives: The lead agent will be responsible for coordinating case management services for parolees accepted into the program and assisting with placement and retention services. Costs for case management are included in the assessment, job coaching, and case management benchmark of the agreement. The lead agency will be responsible for the placement of the trainees into sustainable employment. In an effort to encourage employers to hire participants of PEPP, NJDOL may offer on-the-job training (OJT) to provide financial assistance to employers hiring participants of the program, depending on available funding. The OJT program will be administered separately from this NGO process and will not need to be included in your proposed budget. Detailed information will be provided and explained to applicants awarded through this NGO.

Grantees will be charged with ensuring that all participants of the PEPP are registered with the local One-Stop Career Centers (OSCC). The OSCC will ensure that all the appropriate resources are made available to the participants and that said participants are aware of any employer incentives available through the OSCC system.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185970

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant award per applicant is $725,000.

Term of Contract:

- The Term of this contract shall be for one (1) year; however, NJDOL reserves the option to extend the contract for a second year.
- Start Date and End Date of Grant Program: June 2021 thru May 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following organizations are eligible to apply as the lead agency:
• Public or private placement agencies;
• Faith-based and/or community-based organizations;
• Labor organizations;
• Employers and/or contractors;
• Public or private non-profit agencies; and,
• Trade organizations that represent a particular trade, group of trades, contractors, or employers

Preference will be given to organizations that have demonstrated successful outcomes working with employers to obtain unsubsidized employment for the targeted population. Special consideration will be given to grantees collaborating with educational institutions, faith-based and community-based organizations to effectuate this grant's purpose. While there must be a lead applicant, NJDOL encourages consortium and collaborative partnerships that aim to meet this grant's goals.

This competitive grant program is designed to provide grants to lead agencies for employment placement services to participants referred by the SPB.

To be eligible for this NGO, the applicant must satisfy the following requirements:
• Must be a non-profit or for-profit entity or governmental entity;
• Pursuant to NJSA 52:32-44, a for-profit applicant and each proposed subcontractor must have a valid Business Registration Certificate on file with the Division of Revenue. (This statutory requirement does not apply to non-profit organizations, private colleges, universities, or state and municipal agencies.); and
• Required to comply with the Affirmative Action Requirements of Public Law1975, c. 124 (NJAC 17:27) and the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991 (PL 101-336).

Participant eligibility: Participants of the PEPP program must be referred to the program through their parole officer
located in the appropriate districts throughout the State of New Jersey

Pre-proposal Conference:

NJDOL will provide a technical assistance workshop to potential applicants on April 23, 2021, from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM via Zoom. Applicants that wish to participate in the workshop can log in using the link displayed below:
Meeting ID: 324 331 5983
Passcode: 1234

Pre-Application Information:

The completed and signed original application must be received by 4:00 PM on May 14, 2021.

Applicants may apply for more than one grant but must make a separate application for each county. An organization that submits an application for one county is not precluded from participating as a partner in a different organization's application for a separate county.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

All completed applications must be electronically submitted to utilizing MS Word, MS Excel, and PDF only.

For Technical Assistance Contact:
Name: Christopher McKelvey
Division: Workforce Development – Office of Transitional Workforce Services
Telephone Number: 609-292-6574
Email address: Listed above

Department of Labor and Workforce Development
1 John Fitch Plaza, P.O. Box 110
Trenton, NJ 08625-0110

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