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Cooperative Agreement - Jail to Community Reentry Initiative (JCRI)

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8 Apr 2021

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under Fiscal Year 2021 for the Jail to Community Reentry Initiative. This program furthers NIC’s mission by updating NIC’s Reentry portfolio using data and emerging trends impacting successful reentry, effective interventions, and programs for justice-involved adults.

Goals
This project aims to review and develop an updated national reentry model that supports the successful transition of justice-involved adults from jails to the community.

Objectives
1. Research and develop recommendations for updates and revisions to NIC’s reentry portfolio.
2. Determine the best vehicle to disseminate the information and resources to the field.

Deliverables
1. Conduct an initial virtual meeting with the NIC Project Manager within ten days of the award to review goals and objectives, discuss and develop a timeline of activities, role clarification, overview of the project, and the project concept plan.
2. The awardee will conduct a comprehensive literature review (to include historical and emerging information specific to reentry/transition).
3. The awardee will research and develop recommendations for updates and revisions to the existing NIC reentry portfolio to include a thorough review of all information/products related to NIC’s Transition From Jails to Community (TJC) Initiative (e. g. online tool kit, reentry microsite, project bulletins/reports, readiness protocol, etc.).
4. Identify subject matter experts in collaboration with the NIC Project Manager and facilitate a key informant focus group.
5. The awardee is responsible for contracting and compensating technical resource providers (TRPs), presenters, etc., for conducting any related assistance under the cooperative agreement not performed solely by the awardee.
6. Participate in planning and quarterly meetings with the NIC Project Manager.
7. Recommendations with rationale shall be submitted in report form to NIC in Word and PDF formats. The NIC Project Manager will also consider proposals for new, innovative, and dynamic approaches to this program’s delivery method. Program delivery method proposals may be included in the report of recommendations for updates and revisions to the portfolio.
8. The awardee will co-facilitate a web-based informational session to market newly developed and/or revised reentry resources in collaboration with the designated NIC Project Manager (e. g. microsite, White Paper).
9. The awardee will meet all financial and reporting requirements for the cooperative agreement.


Questions and Answers

Question 1:
Subject matter experts:
a. How many SME's are recommended? The grant is quite low for the amount of work and we need to pay the SME's from the budget total. We were wondering if NIC had an idea in mind. Is one enough? Should it be more like 3-5?
b. Does NIC have a list of suggested experts on this topic that you are willing to share?
c. Is there a going rate for this position? We are currently working on another NIC grant and that rate is $84.50/hour. Is there a comparable rate for this project?
Answer: It is the responsibility of the applicant to recommend experts capable of completing the scope of work described in the solicitation – with rates established based on the applicant’s market research.

Question 2: Are you able to accept more than one submission per institution? Company XYZ is quite large and there may be other units also applying for this work.
Answer: Only one application can be submitted per Tax ID and/or DUNS number.

Question 3:
Deliverables:
a. It is not clear to us whether you want the awardee to deliver a list of recommendations for revision, or if we would have to do some or all of the revision as part of this grant. It seems to indicate different things in different parts of the RFP. For instance, on the goals and objectives chart it says:
Provide components and/or revisions for the interactive microsite;
b. But under the deliverables, it says only
c. 7. Recommendations with rationale shall be submitted in report form to NIC in Word and PDF formats. The NIC program manager will also consider proposals for new, innovative, and dynamic approaches to this program’s delivery method. Program delivery method proposal’s may be included in the report of recommendations for updates and revisions to the portfolio
d. We understand that there are original materials that would need updating. However, there are no links to these. Are you able to provide access to the original components/materials either as links or attachments so that we may see what the starting point is?
Answer: All information specific to the Transition From Jail to Community (TJC) Initiative can be found on NIC’s website. Per the solicitation, the awardee will submit a
written report regarding recommendations and/or next steps for the project gleaned from the focus group and document reviews.

Question 4:
I work at the Philanthropy Section, 4339DR-IRC/FEMA, Puerto Rico. As part of our service to the communities, that still recovering from hurricanes Maria and Irma in Puerto Rico, we produce a bi-weekly electronic bulletin with information on available funding, webinars and resources. I am considering adding information about the “Jail to Community Reentry Initiative” program. I would like to confirm if organizations from Puerto Rico can apply to this program. It doesn’t say -Territories- in the Eligible Applicants’ section. Please advise.
Answer: NIC is currently seeking qualified applicants to support the update of the reentry portfolio, and not applicants for a reentry program.


Deadline

Applicants must register with Grants.gov 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 Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 31, 2021

 

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