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National Mentoring Programs


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Notice of Funding Opportunity (


Application Deadline: Mar 23, 2021

Sponsoring Organization

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)


Awards funding to national organizations to strengthen existing mentoring programs, with the goal of increasing 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. Programs should directly address the issue of bullying and provide opportunities for youth to positively engage with law enforcement. Emphasizes mentoring strategies designed to reach a broad, diverse youth population, including youth affected by opioids and drug addiction, children of parents on active military duty, children of incarcerated parents, and youth in rural communities.

Applicants must provide mentoring services to youth who are 17 years old or younger at the time of admission to the program. Applicants are also required to develop and implement plans to provide mentoring services to American Indian and Alaska Native youth both on and off reservations.

Program objectives and deliverables include:

  • Increase the number of youth receiving mentoring services
  • Increase or maintain the number of well-trained mentors
  • Provide high-quality mentoring services to meet the needs of the target youth population
  • Identify and implement strategies to enhance program design in one or more of the 6 core practice areas listed in the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring
  • Promote family engagement as part of the program design or mentoring approach

For this opportunity, rural is defined as all populations, housing, and territory not included within an urban area, as determined by the Office of Management and Budget.

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $30,000,000
Project period: 36 months
Estimated number of awards: 5
Estimated total program funding: $45,000,000

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants are national organizations that have active chapters or subawardees in at least 45 states.

In fiscal year (FY) 2021, 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.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • Operating Costs and Staffing • Training Providers

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information about the online application process can be found in the funding announcement.

In FY 2021, there is a new two-step application submission process. To be considered timely, the applicant must have received a validation message from the submission and the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the respective deadlines.

  • Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in by the March 23, 2021 deadline.
  • Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application, including attachments, in the JustGrants grants management system by the April 9, 2021 deadline.

Applicant frequently asked questions


For questions on submitting in

For questions on submitting in JustGrants:

For programmatic and technical questions:
National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center
TTY at 301-240-6310
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Topics This Program Addresses

Community Supervision • Justice System • Substance Use Disorder • Youth