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National Mentoring Programs


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Notice of Funding Opportunity (


Application Deadline: Apr 17, 2023


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, drug use, truancy, justice system involvement, and other problematic or high-risk behaviors. 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.

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 at-risk or high-risk youth receiving mentoring services
  • Increase or maintain the number of well-trained mentors
  • 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
  • Identify and 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
  • Enhance the mentoring model to specifically address the issue and impact of bullying, including cyberbullying
  • Track the program's target populations at all times during the grant award and delivered services as specified in the project design and mentoring program profile

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 affiliates or subawardees in at least 45 states.

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.

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.

Applications must be submitted electronically through a two-step process:

  • Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in by the April 17, 2023 deadline.
  • Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application, including attachments, in the JustGrants grants management system by the May 1, 2023 deadline.


For questions on submitting in

For questions on submitting in JustGrants:

For programmatic and technical questions:
Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Response Center
TTY at 301-240-6310

Topics This Program Addresses

Community Supervision • Justice System • Substance Use Disorder • Youth