Funding Watch: Making Sense of Federal Mentoring Funds

April 6, 2009 - 12:00am

If you belong to as many mailing lists as we do, you’ve no doubt received a deluge of emails talking about OJJDP grant funding, new stimulus funds for school-based initiatives, and other mentoring grant opportunities.

But the questions remains: How can mentoring programs take advantage of these funds? The following mentoring grant opportunities have deadlines within the next month, and are offering funds to youth mentoring organizations.

The most prominent federal funding initiative comes from the U.S. Department of Justice, the OJJDP FY 09 Recovery Act National Youth Mentoring Programs. This funding is designated for organizations have a national impact with their youth mentoring programs. The deadline for this opportunity is APRIL 20, 2009.

As we mentioned in a previous post, the National Science Foundation is currently accepting applications for organizations “outstanding mentoring efforts that enhance the participation of groups (i.e., women, minorities, and persons with disabilities) that are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.” Applications are due APRIL 21, 2009.

The U.S. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention release a Request for Applications (Drug Free Communities Mentoring Program) for mentoring programs that seek to “reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time, among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.” Applications are due on APRIL24, 2009.

Mentoring Children of Prisoners: Caregiver’s Choice is an ongoing federal initiative which is provided in partnership with the National Mentoring Partnership. The program offers funds for mentoring relationships involving children with at least one parent/guardian who is currently incarcerated. **This is related to the Administration for Children’s Services Mentoring Children of Prisoners grant program, which is not accepting applications at this time.

These are the major initiatives currently accepting applications, but as we’re learning new funding is becoming available all the time. We’ll update the blog as info becomes available, but there are a number of great resources to keep you informed about funding updates:

Grants.gov : Keyword search for mentoring

National Mentoring Partnership

Mentor Michigan Email List

EdMentoring.org (you can sign up for the MentorExchange listserve here)

Do you have a resource or funding opportunity that you’d like to share? Please leave it in the comments!

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