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Innovations In Reentry (IIR) is a pilot grant program designed to spur innovative, creative ideas for addressing the needs of the adult reentry population. The fund awards grants to support community-based projects that contribute to reducing adult recidivism in Alameda County. Innovations in Reentry is not designed to support existing programs or services or provide ongoing grants.  Rather, these grants are meant to serve as incubation funds for creative projects that will improve service delivery and strategies in the field of reentry.

(Learn more about Innovations here.)

The first round of grants was awarded in 2013, through a participatory decision-making process coordinated by Alameda County Public Health Department and Place Matters. Nine grantees were awarded 18-month grants totaling $1.5 million. For more about the grantees and their projects, see Grantee Profiles. These agencies will present their results at a Learning Conference in early 2017.

Innovations In Reentry launched its second round of grants on March 21, 2016. The application will be due on April 29, 2016.

Innovations In Reentry is supported by Public Safety Realignment dollars (AB109) and Mental Health Services Act funding (Prop 63). Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services is coordinating this grant-making process and convening key stakeholders to define the funding priorities, solicit and review grant proposals, and make funding recommendations.

Innovations In Reentry Goals:

  1. Reduce adult recidivism through reinvestment in community-based programs
  2. Encourage and scale innovation for achieving Public Safety Realignment Plan goals:
    • to protect the public through transparent and accountable administration and service
    • to ensure effective and supportive transitions from detention to the community
    • to develop innovative and therapeutic supports for clients focused on health, housing, and improving access to family sustaining employment