The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation invites Letters of Intent for projects with potential to make a substantial difference in the lives of incarcerated men and women after they have completed their sentences.
The significant impediments that incarcerated men and women face as they attempt to re-start their lives and re-join their communities have been well-documented and include the requirements of the parole and probation systems, legal barriers to the restoration of voting and other civil rights, challenges with mental health, substance abuse, jobs, transportation, and housing.
To that end, the Rapoport Foundation is inviting LOIs for hands-on projects that experiment with new approaches to improving the success of formerly incarcerated men and women, including projects that take place in jail/prison, after incarceration, or both. Single or multi-year proposals for up to $200,000 will be supported, including research that examines the efficacy of current practices, projects expected to have an immediate impact, and those with potential for future impact by advancing knowledge or advocacy that challenges unfair or ineffective laws or practices. Projects may address a broad, integrated cluster of challenges, or a targeted objective, including but not limited to jobs, education, mental health, transportation, or the unique needs of women (ex-)prisoners.
To be eligible, applicants must be tax exempt as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Letters of Intent are due August 15, 2019. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.
See the Rapoport Foundation for complete program guidelines and application instructions.