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U.S. Department of Justice: Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative

Deadline: June 23, 2015

The U.S. Department of Justice seeks to support established mentoring organizations as they strengthen and/or expand their existing mentoring activities with local subawardees and/or other mentoring organizations. Mentoring activities include direct one-on-one, group, peer, or a combination of these types of mentoring services for at-risk and underserved youth populations. Successful applicants should implement programs that will recognize and address the factors that can lead to or serve as a catalyst for delinquency or other problem behaviors in underserved youth. Expansion of mentoring activities should create new opportunities for mentee achievement. This program also supports one or more enhancements to both improve access to, and impact of, mentoring services.

There are three categories under which grants will be made:

  • Category 1 – National Mentoring Programs: This category supports organizations with the widest reach and capacity that provide youth mentoring services across the country. Priority considerations under this category include: Providing mentoring services to youth 17 and older who are identified as at-risk or high risk for involvement in the juvenile justice system; targeting mentoring services to children of parents on active military duty, children of incarcerated parents, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, youth with disabilities, and youth in rural communities. Additionally, applicants are required to target services to American Indian or Alaska Native populations.
  • Category 2 – Multistate Mentoring Programs: This category supports youth mentoring services provided in multiple sites across 5 or more states (but fewer than 45 states). Priority considerations in this category include organizations with the broadest reach; as well as those that provide mentoring services to youth 17 and older who are identified as at-risk or high risk for involvement in the juvenile justice system and that target mentoring services to children of parents on active military duty, American Indian/Alaska Native youth, LGBTQ youth, youth with disabilities, and youth in rural communities.
  • Category 3 – Collaborative Mentoring Partnerships: Eligible applicants must be part of a collaborative of at least three and as many as five mentoring organizations. Multistate organizations are encouraged to participate, but the participation of a multistate organization is not required. Organizations should have an established mentoring program and a signed memorandum of understanding. Priority consideration is given to organizations that provide services to youth at-risk or high-risk for involvement in the juvenile justice system.

Amount: The maximum amount and length of the grant depends upon category:

  • Category 1 – National Mentoring Programs: The maximum grant period is 3 years and the budget should be based on the actual cost of implementing the program.
  • Category 2 – Multistate Mentoring Programs: The maximum grant period is 3 years and applicants may request up to $2,000,000.
  • Category 3 – Collaborative Mentoring Partnerships: The grant period may range from 1-3 years, and applicants may request up to $1,500,000.

Eligibility:

  • Category 1 – National Mentoring Programs: Eligible applicants are limited to national mentoring organizations, defined as organizations/agencies that can demonstrate a history of providing mentoring services through subawards in 45 or more states.
  • Category 2 – Multistate Mentoring Programs: Eligible applicants are limited to multistate mentoring organizations, defined as organizations/agencies that can demonstrate a history of providing mentoring services through subawards in 5 or more states but fewer than 45 states for at least the past 3 years.
  • Category 3 – Collaborative Mentoring Partnerships: Eligible applicants must be part of a collaborative of at least three and as many as five mentoring organizations. Under the award, the organizations that form the collaborative must each provide services in at least one location that is independent of the other organizations and must all implement the same program design.

See the solicitation for additional eligibility restrictions.

Link: http://www.ojjdp.gov/grants/solicitations/FY2015/MentoringOpportunities.pdf

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