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Are there any government grants available to help felons find employment?

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There are federal grants that are in place to help felons find work after incarceration. These grants are dispersed to employers as an incentive to hire felons and through other programs designed to help felons develop jobs skills.

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The Second Chance Act provides grants to local and state governments for use in programs that help newly-released felons develop job and life skills. The Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program is another federal program that offers tax credits to employers that hire felons, veterans and other groups that are in need of employment. Educational grants, such as the Pell Grant, are also available to felons who wish to gain job skills. However, certain restrictions apply for drug-related felonies.

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