Arts Programs for Justice-Involved Youth

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Arts Programs for Justice-Involved Youth


The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) at the U.S. Department of Justice recently released a funding opportunity, Arts Programs for Justice-Involved Youth, to directly support “high-quality arts programs for justice-involved youth to reduce juvenile delinquency, recidivism, and/or other problem and high-risk behaviors.”

The purpose of this funding is to support and strengthen collaborations between arts-based organizations and juvenile justice systems to develop, expand, or enhance effective interventions that provide access to high-quality art programs with and for justice-involved youth. Applicants may propose engaging youth at any point in the juvenile justice system, to include alternatives to incarceration and diversion, secure detention and confinement, as well as strategies to support youths’ successful reentry into communities. Eligible arts programs may include, but are not limited to, painting, sculpting, drama, digital media, film, music, dance, singing, and creative writing.

  • This competitive grant opportunity is open to nonprofits organizations, local units of government, and Native American tribal governments.
  • Awards are up to $66,500 with an 18-month performance period.
  • There is no match requirement.

Applications are due by July 18, 2022.

The full announcement can be found here:

Or by searching using the Funding Opportunity Number: O-OJJDP-2022-171360

Organizations are strongly encouraged to apply.  Even if your organization should be unsuccessful this year, a large number of applicants will significantly increase the likelihood of millions in additional funding for Arts for Justice-Involved Youth in subsequent federal funding bills.