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Grants for Mentoring Programs

Wed, Oct 26, 2016 @ 09:10 AM / by Michelle Hansen

27544475352_c274ecd302_q.jpgI have been lucky enough to have many mentors in different stages of my life. From teachers to coaches to work colleagues there has always been someone to support me. Not everyone is lucky enough to have the advantages of mentors. Mentoring has been shown to improve self-esteem, academic achievement, and peer relationships, as well as reducing drug use, aggression, depressive symptoms, and delinquent acts. There are many funding agencies that support mentoring programs. This blog describes a few of them.

The Global Fund for Children

Letters of Inquiry are accepted year-round for grant money from the Global Fund for Children. Funds from this organization support non-profit programs that provide sustainable improvement in the lives of vulnerable children and youth. This group wants to support smaller organizations, so a prospective grantee partner’s annual budget should not exceed $200,000. In most cases, new grantee partners have budgets in the $25,000 to $75,000 range. Prospective grantees must also work directly with children and youth; organizations that do research or advocacy exclusively are not eligible. Additionally, organizations that are led by individuals who live and work in the community are given special consideration.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

The OJJDP funds a Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiatives grant program. There are three different categories in this program: National Mentoring Programs, Multistate Mentoring Programs, and Collaborative Mentoring Programs. In 2016, OJJDP made $90 million available for this program. Eligible applicants must provide mentoring services to children 17 years or younger. Reviewing the winners from this year's awards, which have already been handed out, will help you plan for a submittal next year, expected to be in the March-May timeframe.

In the national program, five programs like the Boys and Girls National Mentoring Program ($25 million) and the National 4-H Council ($7 million) received funding. In the multistate program, 13 programs received funding. Two of those were: Southwest Key Programs Multi-State Youth Mentoring Program (YM) ($1.9 million) and Girls Inc. Bold Futures Mentoring Program ($2 million). Winners in the collaborative mentoring programs in 2016 included four entities, including My Brother''s Keeper Mentoring in the Alamo City ($1.25 million).

Ford Foundation

This private foundation supports seven different categories, one of which is youth opportunity and learning. Mentioned under this category is next generation leadership and pathways for youth success, so a mentoring program would certainly be eligible for grant funding. The foundation supports both institutions and individuals. Recently the Ford Foundation decided to make some changes to its grant program. The foundation will now make more multi-year, general support grants, and the program will allow 20% overhead funding in every project grant. Additionally, from 2016 to 2020, the foundation is giving $200 million of the grant-making budget each year toward institutional strengthening efforts. Grant applications are accepted throughout the year.

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