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New OCJP Grant Opportunity: Evidence Based Programming Project

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The Office of Criminal Justice Programs (OCJP) has a new grant opportunity available. Please reach out to Jennifer Brinkman with any questions.

The Office of Criminal Justice Programs (OCJP) is happy to announce the following grant opportunity:

Evidence-Based Programming Project:

The purpose of the Evidence-Based Programming (EBP) project is to provide funding to local jails to implement evidence-based* programming for inmates in an effort to:

Improve access to knowledge, skills, and resources required for successful re-entry into local communities following release from incarceration.

Reduce recidivism rates among formerly incarcerated individuals; and

Increase meaningful collaboration between local jails and local community partners.

*Agencies intending to implement an evidence-based program are required to use recognized programs that are rated as “Highest Rated” or “Second Highest Rated” according to the Results First Clearing House (Click the link and select Correctional Facility as the Setting on the left).

Agencies intending to implement a vocational program with these funds can reference TDOC’s list of vocational programming currently offered in Tennessee prisons. TBR also has information available on vocational programs offered through TN College of Applied Technology that may be available in your area.  

Eligible agencies are limited to County Governments that operate an adult correctional facility that houses convicted felons and meet criteria to create or enhance inmate programming. These entities may subcontract with community-based nonprofit partners to implement evidence-based programs.

Priority will be given to applications that create or enhance behavioral health programming for inmates, with a priority for partnerships with Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse licensed providers, Find a Licensed Facility or Service (

CLICK HERE for the Intent to Apply (Due September 29, 2023)
CLICK HERE for the Application (Due September 29, 2023

The Scope and Budget documents are linked with instructions within the Application document.