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Advancing Women in Leadership

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The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2024. The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to work collaboratively with NIC to coordinate, facilitate, and deliver training program for two separate women in leadership programs.


NIC invites applications from nonprofit organizations (including faith-based, community, and tribal organizations), for-profit organizations (including tribal for-profit organizations), and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education). Recipients, including for-profit organizations, must agree to waive any profit or fee for services. Foreign governments, international organizations, and non-governmental international organizations/institutions are not eligible to apply. Proof of 501(c) (3) status as determined by the Internal Revenue Service or an authorizing tribal resolution is required. NIC welcomes applications that involve two or more entities; however, one eligible entity must be the applicant and the others must be proposed as subrecipients. The applicant must be the entity with primary responsibility for administering the funding and managing the entire program. Only one (1) application will be accepted from a submitting organization. NIC may elect to make awards for applications submitted under this solicitation in future fiscal years, dependent on the merit of the applications and on the availability of appropriations. For additional eligibility information, see Section C. Eligibility Information.


Applicants must register with prior to submitting an application. NIC encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline. In addition, NIC urges applicants to submit applications 72 hours prior to the application due date. All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on February 13, 2024. Late applications are neither reviewed nor considered. For additional information, see How To Apply in Section D Application and Submission Information.

Contact Information

For programmatic questions concerning this solicitation contact Evelyn Bush Correctional Program Specialist, National Institute of Corrections at Responses to programmatic questions will be posted on NIC’s website for public review. The website will be updated regularly and postings will remain on the website until the closing date of this solicitation. For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726, or via e-mail to Hotline hours of operation are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except federal holidays. Applicants who experience unforeseen technical issues beyond their control that prevent them from submitting their application by the deadline must e-mail the NIC at BOP-NIC/ within 24 hours after the application deadline and request approval to submit their application. Additional information on reporting technical issues is found under “Experiencing Unforeseen Technical Issues” in the How To Apply section. number assigned to this announcement: 24PR01 

Release date: December 14, 2023

National Institute of Corrections 

Solicitation for a Cooperative Agreement Update 


NIC Opportunity Number: 24PR01 

Award Title:  

 Advancing Women in Leadership 





Following are the responses to questions received as of 1/18/24 in response to the above solicitation: 


Question 1:  Are state agencies eligible to receive the Advancing Women in Leadership grant? Will you share the link where grant programmatic questions are posted on NIC's website for public review? 


Answer: State agencies are not eligible.  Questions and responses are updated on NIC’s website:  Advancing Women in Leadership | National Institute of Corrections (   



Question 2: We are a nonprofit that serves justice impacted women. We'd like to know if our agency can apply for this grant or is it only limited to corrections staff and correctional institutions? 


Answer: Non-profit’s are eligible to apply.  State and local government agencies are not eligible. 



Question 3: There are portions of the applications that look like the application is for  

individuals that might be applying to a leadership program that is already created by the NIC. 

There are other portions of the application where it appears that the funds could be used to  

support programs for institutions – for example, if our institution wanted to fund its own  

women’s leadership program. 


Answer: The request is for facilitation of existing programs for women in correctional  

leadership. Participant selection is made by NIC. 




Question 4: Can you provide the 2024 perspective course dates for both programs of the Advancing Women in Leadership 


Answer: It is anticipated that only the Emerging Women Leaders in Corrections program will be held this FY,  Potentially the week of June 23. Given the 12 month award period, second program will be decided at a later date in the first quarter of FY25 

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