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United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey - The Promise
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.
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 https://thepromisephl.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/The-Promise-Call-for-Proposals-Record-Sealing-and-Employment-Access.pdf#page=6.
GrantWatch ID#: 199942
15-30 Community Hub grantees; 2-5 Legal Services grantees
Community Hub: Grants in the range of $35,000-$55,000.
Legal Services: Grants in the range of $200,000-$400,000.
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.
USA: Pennsylvania: Philadelphia
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