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Mentoring Grants

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Mar 30, 2017 @ 09:03 AM

6882910429_c84a48e043_q.jpgNine million young people in America are in need of a trusted adult in their lives to guide them in moments big and small. Plus, millions of adults need mentoring for workforce development and skills training. Whether your organization helps mentor the young or the young at heart, take a look at the grant opportunities below.

Allstate Foundation

Municipal and state governments as well as non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for funding from the Allstate Foundation. One of the two focus areas is youth empowerment. The programs they support are focused in three areas:

  1. Giving youth the tools and resources to be leaders
  2. Creating a social movement to showcase youth as change makers and problem solvers
  3. Differentiating Allstate as a youth empowerment thought leader

Youth mentoring programs are specifically mentioned as a priority and have been funded in the past by this grant program. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Ralph and Eileen Swett Foundation

This private foundation is focused on making an impact on people’s lives, including influencing and educating youth with mentoring programs. Non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. The grant money must be pivotal to the organization's ability to expand, create new services, or otherwise support people in need. The Swett Foundation is currently accepting applications for 2017. Grant amounts will be dependent upon the foundation's financial status. Awards generally do not exceed $50,000, but may be more in case of exceptional qualifications. According to the foundation’s website, the trustees are hoping to have another grant meeting in late April or May of this year, and applications for consideration then should be submitted as soon as possible so that trustees have time to complete their due diligence. 

Bank of America

This Request for Proposal recently closed with a deadline in February, yet it is worth putting on the calendar for next funding cycle. Bank of America funds projects that help with workforce development and workforce education. Support is available to non-profit organizations providing access to skills training, credentialing. and programs that enable individuals to connect to jobs and develop a stronger financial future. Activities may include career counseling, training, skills building, and others. This program also supports youth employment, and will fund organizations that help with mentoring and skills training.


We can help your organization by finding mentoring programs or funding for other programs in your interest area. We offer value in every conversation and would love to start a conversation with you. Contact us today for free consultation.  

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