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Multistate Mentoring Programs Initiative
Application Deadline: May 30, 2023
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
Awards funding to strengthen existing multistate mentoring programs and increase the number of young people who benefit from having mentors. Supports multiple mentoring approaches, including one-on-one, group, or peer mentoring, to promote positive behaviors and outcomes for youth ages 17 or younger at risk for juvenile delinquency, victimization, and justice system involvement. The target population includes youth currently involved or likely to become involved with the justice system; youth that reside in areas with high rates of parental incarceration, community violence, drug markets, gang concentration, and failing schools; youth with a parent in the military, and youth from historically marginalized and underserved populations. .
Program consists of 3 grant categories:
- Category 1 grants support organizations that provide youth mentoring services in 1 state and propose to expand services to an additional state or an additional jurisdiction in their current state.
- Category 2 grants support organizations that provide youth mentoring services in 2 to 10 states.
- Category 3 grants support organizations that provide youth mentoring services in 11 to 44 states.
Applicants must provide mentoring services to youth who are 17 years old or younger at the time of admission to the program.
Program objectives and deliverables include:
- Increase the number of at-risk youth receiving mentoring services
- Increase or maintain the number of screened and well-trained mentors and ensuring mentors reflect they youth they serve
- Develop and implement program design enhancements that align with research and evidence on effective mentoring approaches
- Provide high-quality mentoring services to meet the needs of the target youth population
- Implement strategies to enhance program design in 1 or more of the 6 core practice areas listed in the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring
- Propose mentoring models that will directly address the impact of bullying and cyberbullying
Amount of Funding
- Category 1: $1,000,000
- Category 2: $1,000,000
- Category 2: $2,000,000
Estimated number of awards:
- Category 1: 6
- Category 2: 5
- Category 2: 5
Project period: 36 months
Estimated total program funding: $25,000,000
Awards of up $4,000,000 may be available for Category 2 and 3 applicants who can demonstrate their program will reach a diverse and broad population of youth across their affiliates. Criteria for demonstrating "broadest reach" can be found in the program guidance.
Who Can Apply
Eligible Category 1 applicants are mentoring organizations that have operated a structured, standalone mentoring program for at least 3 years in one state.
Eligible Category 2 applicants are mentoring organizations that have operated a structured, standalone mentoring program for at least 3 years in 2 to 10 states.
Eligible Category 3 applicants are mentoring organizations that have operated a structured, standalone mentoring program for at least 3 years in 11 to 44 states.
Category 2 and 3 applicants may not partner with other organizations that are delivering different mentoring program models in order to meet the multistate eligibility requirement.
Priority consideration is given to proposals that promote racial equity and support the removal of barriers to access and opportunity for communities that have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by inequality.
In fiscal year 2023, all state, local, and university and college law enforcement agencies must be certified by an approved independent credentialing body or have started the certification process in order to be eligible for grant funding.
What This Program Funds
Capacity Building • Operating Costs and Staffing • Training Providers
Application instructions, requirements, and other information about the online application process can be found in the funding announcement.
Eligible organizations may only apply under one funding category.
Applications must be submitted electronically through a two-step process:
- Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in grants.gov by the May 30, 2023 deadline.
- Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application, including attachments, in the JustGrants grants management system by the June 12, 2023 deadline.
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Topics This Program Addresses
Community Supervision • Justice System • Substance Use Disorder • Youth