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Civility in the Correctional Workplace

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The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 to create a number of resources that support NIC’s Civility in the Correctional Workplace series. This program builds upon a two-part webinar series of the same name that, in FY23, helped federal, state, county, local, and tribal correctional agencies to grow their capacity to provide civility training for their leadership and line staff.


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 Christopher Smith, 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: 24PR02 

Release date: December 15, 2023



National Institute of Corrections 

Solicitation for a Cooperative Agreement Update 


NIC Opportunity Number: 24PR02 

Award Title:  NIC FY 2024 Civility in the Correctional Workplace 


DATE 1/30/2024 



Following are the responses to questions received as of 1/30/2024 in response to the above solicitation: 



Question 1:  Will the cooperative agreement holder get access to Lectora through NIC, or would that person need to purchase access to it and include it in the budget? 



Answer: No, Lectora is a commercial corporate authoring tool used to build SCORM products for training platforms. The contactor will need to have a licensed copy and be able to package said training into SCORM requirements. Product can be found at  



Question 2: If the so, what level does NIC have. 



Answer:   NIC Instructional System Development uses Lectora version 21 at present. We use both the online & standalone version of the software. This allows NIC to review and update the contractor products. 

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