Mentoring Programs for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System


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Notice of Funding Opportunity (


Application Deadline: May 28, 2024


Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)


Provides funding to implement and deliver mentoring services to youth involved in the juvenile justice system, such as youth currently placed within a juvenile correctional facility or those recently released from a juvenile facility. Supports multiple mentoring approaches, including one-on-one, group, peer, or a combination of mentoring services, to reduce substance use, delinquency, and other problem behaviors and promote positive outcomes for youth.

Program objectives include:

  • Increase access to mentoring services for youth involved in the juvenile justice system
  • Increase or maintain the number of screened and well-trained mentors, with an emphasis on ensuring that mentors reflect the youth they serve
  • Develop and implement program design enhancements that align with research and evidence on effective mentoring approaches

Funds may also be used to support nonmentoring direct services, such as mental health, substance use treatment, or other supportive services identified and aligned with the project design.

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $500,000 per year
Project period: 3 years
Estimated number of awards: 5
Estimated total program funding: $2,500,000

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include:

  • Native American tribal organizations other than federally recognized tribal governments
  • Nonprofits with or without 501(c)(3) status other than institutions of higher education
  • For-profit organizations other than small businesses

To be eligible, applicants must have operated an established mentoring program for at least 1 year and have a demonstrated partnership with a public agency legally responsible for handling juvenile crime and delinquency in a state, tribe, city, or county.

Priority consideration is given to proposals designed to meaningfully advance equity and remove barriers to accessing services and opportunities for communities that have been historically underserved, marginalized, adversely affected by inequality, and disproportionately impacted by crime, violence, and victimization.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • Operating Costs and Staffing • Training Providers

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information can be found in the funding announcement.

Applications must be submitted electronically through a 2-step process:

  • Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in by the May 28, 2024 deadline.
  • Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application, including attachments, in the JustGrants grants management system by the June 11, 2024 deadline.

Applicant webinar recording


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

Justice System • Mental Health • Social Services • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment • Youth