According to The National Mentoring Partnership, for every $1 invested in effective mentoring programs, there is a return of $2.72. This positive return shows projected increases in lifetime earnings gained by leading at-risk youth to becoming productive members of society. This is the kind of statistic you can use in your proposals. Also, here are some grants that can help mentoring programs continue the positive results.
Non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for funding from Singing for Change, Jimmy Buffett’s foundation. Among other priorities, Singing for Change wants to empower individuals toward self-sufficiency and provide opportunities for personal growth that benefit their greater community. More specifically, this foundation aims to help children and families move toward self-sufficiency. Grants range in size from $1,000 to $10,000. Reviewers favor organizations that have a strong volunteer base. Applications are accepted year round.
This foundation has seven different categories for funding, including several that would cover both youth and adult mentoring opportunities. The main focus, however, is eliminating inequality. The Ford Foundation focuses on the three I’s – institutions, ideas, and individuals. In 2017, National Cares Mentoring Movement Inc. received a grant for $350,000. There is a two-step application process for this opportunity. The first step requires filling out a short online form. If the foundation is interested in learning more, they will contact you for a full application. The initial online form can be done at any time throughout the year.
Though this program is very specific on the subjects of the mentoring, it is still worth mentioning here. This U.S. Department of Justice grant program aims to enhance the capacity of applicant organizations to respond to the needs of children and youth who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation. Grant money can be used for support services or to increase mentoring capacity and to facilitate outreach efforts. Eligible applicants include states, units of local government, non-profit entities, for-profit organizations, and institutions of higher education. The program expects to make three awards of as much as $450,000 each for a 36-month project period. The deadline for applications is May 15.
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