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Locations to Provide Services to Individuals with Criminal Records

Community Challenge #2: Record Sealing and Employment Access

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United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey - The Promise

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Grants to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations and government agencies in eligible locations to provide services to individuals with criminal records. Funding is intended to increase employment options for residents with arrest and conviction records. Applicants will conduct events and clinics to help seal records and seek pardons or expungement. Applicants must benefit the residents of Philadelphia.

The Promise is seeking partners for the Jobs and Opportunities Community Challenge, focused on record sealing and employment access. The Record Sealing & Employment Access Community Challenge is made up of two unique but mutually reliant grant opportunities, each with distinct goals, deliverables, and expectations.

  1. Community Hubs: The first grant opportunity is centered on participant outreach and engagement. The Promise seeks 15 to 30 community organizations representing neighborhoods around the city to lead community outreach efforts and host record sealing clinics for local community members. Each grantee should prepare to host two (2) clinics/community events during 2022. At these events, grantees should be prepared to work with partners The Promise will identify, including but not limited to a legal services organization, a workforce development organization, and a research partner. Furthermore, The Promise will connect grantees to some of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey’s emerging bodies of work, such as Built By Philly, a platform being designed specifically to serve Black and Brown entrepreneurs in Philadelphia by connecting them to the resources needed to start, grow, and sustain their businesses
  2. Legal Services. The second grant opportunity will focus on legal services. The Promise seeks two to five (2-5) community organizations with technical legal expertise to collaborate with ten to twenty (10-20) community host sites, deploy legal experts, and manage record sealing clinics, and conduct follow up with participants. Each grantee should be prepared to work with a research partner that The Promise will identify to assist with longitudinal follow-up.

The Challenge will specifically focus on partnerships with deep community reach and/or legal expertise. Community Hub grantees will collaborate on outreach and engagement and host record sealing and clearing clinics. Legal Services grantees will provide direct services such as awareness about Clean Slate laws, identifying records eligible for sealing or expungement, filing petitions to help seal or clear past records, and support for seeking and securing employment.

The Funding Source wants applicants to host fun and engaging events that serve as many people as possible. These funds are very flexible in helping applicants achieve that. Unlike some other grants, it is acceptable to spend these funds on things such as food if it is believed that that will help make the event a success. Applicants are also free to spend these funds on things that will not only help host successful events but will also increase the capacity to do this work in the future such as a new type of software for dealing with clients or an outdoor tent to host safe, COVID-friendly outdoor activities.

A description of the scope of work can be found at

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 199942

Number of Grants:

15-30 Community Hub grantees; 2-5 Legal Services grantees

Estimated Size of Grant:

Community Hub: Grants in the range of $35,000-$55,000.

Legal Services: Grants in the range of $200,000-$400,000.

Term of Contract:

Currently, this is a one-time funding opportunity. Based on the success of this initial investment, the Funding Source may replicate some clinics or events in future years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Lead applicant must be a non-profit or educational institution with IRS code Section 501(c) (3) and 509(a) (1), (2) or (3), or Section 170(c), or a public entity.

Additional eligibility information can be found at

Pre-proposal Conference:

Informational Webinar - Thursday, December 2, 2021, 2:00-3:00PM EST.

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Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- November 10, 2021: Call for Proposals Released
- December 2, 2021: Informational Webinar
- January 14, 2022: Proposals Due
- March 2022: Awards Announced
- March 2022 – March 2023: Grant Period

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Philadelphia

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