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Cooperative Agreement: Reentry Employment Series - Training and Coaching Facilitation
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The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017). Work under this cooperative involves the management.

 

Overview:

In order to assist justice involved adults with maintaining long-term attachments to the workforce, practitioners must be able to assess those at high risk for job loss, identify specific criminogenic risks, and develop programming in response to identified risk/need areas. In addition, practitioners must maintain a communication style that supports exploration of the values, thoughts and feelings that lead to job loss and recidivism. The Reentry Employment Series provides practitioners with the knowledge, skills and abilities to assist justice involved adults as they explore the values, thoughts and feelings that lead to job loss and recidivism.

The tasks to be performed under this cooperative agreement will include facilitation of training curriculum based on the Instructional Theory Into Practice (ITIP) model; development/administration of an evaluation protocol to assess the effectiveness of training/coaching sessions; development/administering of pre/post evaluations to measure the trainees’ mastery of established competencies and skills. The awardee will work collaboratively working with the designated NIC project manager to select training instructors and participants. In addition, the awardee should have an established procedure for the provision of professional certification and continuing educational units.

 

Deadline: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on June 10, 2017.

 

 

 

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Please note effective July 1, 2013 the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) was merged to the System for Award Management (SAM).  The SAM registry and Frequently Asked Questions can be reached at http://www.sam.gov.  Please note that the registration process can take up to 1-3 weeks, so please plan accordingly.

Questions and Answers:

Question: 

I see the statement below in the RFA: Limit on number of application submissions. If an applicant submits multiple versions of the same application, NIC will review only the most recent system-validated version submitted.

However, is there a limit to the number of different applications you will accept from a single institution?  In other words, should we coordinate an internal selection process (applications from different faculty) to ensure that only one application goes forward?

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=293131  

I did not see this specifically stated in the RFP.  My apologies if I missed it.

Answer:

Cooperative agreements are awarded to organizations approved to do business with the Federal government (registered with SAM and with a valid DUNS number) - therefore multiple versions of the same application are viewed the same as different applications from a single institution.

Question:

I was reviewing the funding opportunity – FY 2017 Reentry employment series Training and Coaching Facilitation.  I was looking at the eligibility section and wanted to know if federally recognized tribes would be able to apply?  It has tribal for-profit organizations / tribal organizations but doesn’t specify federally recognized tribes.

Answer:

Federally recognized tribes are eligible - see info that follows: 

200.54   Indian tribe (or “federally recognized Indian tribe”)

Indian tribe means any Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska Native village or regional or village corporation as defined in or established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. Chapter 33), which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians (25 U.S.C. 450b(e)). See annually published Bureau of Indian Affairs list of Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible to Receive Services.

Question:

I work at (omitted by NIC), a grant writing consulting firm in (omitted by NIC). Several of our clients are interested in the NIC FY 2017 Reentry Employment Series -

Training and Coaching Facilitation and had the following question:

  • Who has received this grant in the past and for what activities?

Answer:

NIC has not awarded grants specific to the Reentry Employment Series - work under this cooperative involves the management and/or facilitation of all phases of the Reentry Employment Training Series.

Question:

I was hoping to get some clarification regarding the Reentry Employment Series- Training and Coaching Facilitation program. I was wondering if the training programs needed to be held within the correctional institution or if the project could be designed for adults who have been released, if so is there a limit to how long after release they are eligible? Also, the Overview section of the RFP mentions that "practitioners must be able to assess those at high risk for job loss, identify specific criminogenic risks, and develop programming in response to identified risk/need areas.  I was wondering if this is something that practitioners need to identify about specific individuals or if it can be generalized assessments. Or is this generalized information that should be included in the proposal?

Answer:

The events related to the Reentry Employment Series are designed for practitioners providing services/support to justice-involved adults.  The on-site training events will occur at federally approved facilities (which can include correctional institutions).  As indicated in the solicitation, “…NIC strongly emphasizes the use of data and evidence in policy making and program development”; information provided in the solicitation conveys project requirements and/or expectations. 

Question:

We are considering an application to the Training and Coaching Facilitation opportunity.  I understand profit or fees for services are not allowed.  Are tuition and fees for the training itself allowable?  In reviewing the instructions, I don’t see a list of allowable/unallowable costs; I apologize if I missed it.

Thank you for any information or guidance you can provide.

Answer:

As a Federally funded training event, tuition and/or training fees are not allowed. 

Question:

I have a couple of questions about the viability of a project that may meet the NIC Reentry Employment Series solicitation for proposals.

Do you have a few minutes where we may speak by phone?

Answer:

Questions regarding the solicitation must be submitted in writing.   Responses will be posted on NIC’s website for public review (updated regularly and remaining on the website until the closing date of this solicitation).

Question:

I am working on the grant application for NIC Grant (17CS08) and I had 2 questions.

Is there any out of state travel required (for award conference, training, etc.) for the NIC Grant (17CS08) required to be budgeted for?

Also, I read several references to Budget Detail Worksheet, but I do not see that specific file in the package or list of documents on grants.gov, could one be provided specific to the requirements for NIC Grant (17CS08)?

 Answer:

Depending on the awardees location, out of state travel may be required for two national and four regional training events – traveling to either Aurora, CO or Washington, DC for the national training events, (locations for the regional training events are to be determined).

While a format for a detailed budget worksheet is not specified, the applicant should submit a budget that covers the entire award period, and is cost-effective in relation to the proposed activities.  In addition, the budget narrative should thoroughly and clearly describe every category of expense listed in the Budget Detail Worksheet.

Question:

Our organization currently operates an inmate rehabilitation/training program in three CA state prisons.  We teach marketable job skills through our Service Dog training program “Prison Pups”.

Is the current funding opportunity intended for direct contact with INMATES or is it to train prison STAFF to provide instruction & training?

Please clarify the objective for me. 

Answer:

The funding opportunity is intended to train criminal justice staff and their stakeholders.




Posted Tue, Apr 11 2017 8:55 AM by Elizabeth

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