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Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, and
Agencies for At-Risk Youth Mentoring Services

Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

Deadline Date:

04/13/20 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories nonprofits, for-profits, state agencies, and tribal governments to develop and improve mentoring programs for youth. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support programs to reduce juvenile delinquency, drug abuse (especially opioid abuse), victimization, and problem and high-risk behaviors such as truancy.

This program furthers the Department’s mission by supporting mentoring programs to reduce juvenile delinquency, drug abuse (especially opioid abuse), victimization, and problem and high-risk behaviors such as truancy. 

Program-Specific Information

This program supports the implementation and delivery of mentoring services to youth populations that are at risk for juvenile delinquency, victimization, and juvenile justice system involvement. Mentoring services can be one-on-one, group, peer, or a combination of these types. Applicants in all categories must initiate mentoring services to youth who are 17 years old or younger at the time of admission to the program. Funding can be used to support new mentoring matches or continue existing mentoring matches at the time of application.

  • Category 1: National Mentoring Programs. This category supports organizations with the widest reach and capacity to provide youth mentoring services across the country. For a definition of a national mentoring organization, see page 1.
  • Category 2: Multistate Mentoring Programs. This category supports youth mentoring services provided by organizations with subawards or affiliates in at least 5 states but fewer than 45 states.
  • Category 3: Mentoring Programs for Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System. This category is intended to be a resource for juvenile justice agency staff (e.g., probation officers) and to benefit youth eligible for community-based supervision and/or diversion services.
  • Category 4: Mentoring Strategies for Youth Impacted by Opioids and Drug Addiction (Project Sites). The focus of this category is to provide mentoring services to youth impacted by unlawful or addictive opioid use.
  • Category 5: Statewide and Regional Mentoring Initiative for Youth Impacted by Opioids and Drug Addiction. This category supports a broad-based approach to building mentoring program capacity in targeted regions throughout the country to help youth impacted by unlawful or addictive opioid use. 

For details on these categories, see: https://ojjdp.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh176/files/media/document/ojjdp-2020-16930.pdf#page=6

OJJDP has identified the following specific program objectives:

- Provide mentoring services tailored to the needs of at-risk and system-involved youth populations

- Develop and implement program design enhancements that align with
research and evidence on effective mentoring approaches

- Address how the applicant will promote family engagement as part of the program
design or approach. 

For details on program objectives, see: https://ojjdp.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh176/files/media/document/ojjdp-2020-16930.pdf#page=9   

For program priorities, see: https://ojjdp.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh176/files/media/document/ojjdp-2020-16930.pdf#page=10

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 155068

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$63,000,000

Number of Grants:

OJJDP pans to make up to 12 awards under Category 2; up to 6 awards under Category 3; up to 10 awards under Category 4; and up to 8 awards under Category 5.

Estimated Size of Grant:

For all award categories, the requested award amount should cover the entire proposed period of performance and be based on the cost of implementing the proposed program. Based on the availability of funding, OJJDP may request that an applicant selected for funding reduce their proposed budget.

Category 2: Applicants that meet the minimum requirement of having active chapters or subawardees in at least five states may request as much as $2 million, and those applicants that demonstrate the broadest reach (as detailed above) may request as much as $4 million.

Category 3: An applicant may request as much as $500,000.

Category 4: An applicant may request as much as $600,000.

Category 5: An applicant may request as much as $1,250,000.

Term of Contract:

Up to a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020

Eligibility:

  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Category 1—National Mentoring Programs:

The following entities are eligible to apply: national organizations, defined as organizations that have active chapters or subawardees in at least 45 states.

Category 2—Multistate Mentoring Programs:

The following entities are eligible to apply: multistate organizations, defined as organizations that have operated an established mentoring program for at least 3 years and have active chapters or subawardees in at least 5 states but fewer than 45 states.

Category 3—Mentoring Programs for Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System:

The following entities are eligible to apply: nonprofit organizations and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and forprofit organizations and faith-based organizations) that at the time of application have operated a mentoring program for at least 1 year.

Category 4—Mentoring Strategies for Youth Impacted by Opioids and Drug Addiction (Project Sites):

The following entities are eligible to apply: nonprofit organizations and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and forprofit organizations and faith-based organizations) that at the time of application have operated a mentoring program for at least 1 year.

Category 5—Statewide and Regional Mentoring Initiative for Youth Impacted by Opioids:

The following entities are eligible to apply:

- National organizations (as defined in Category 1),
- States and territories,
- Federally recognized tribal governments, and
- Organizations having statewide reach providing mentoring services.

All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee.

Eligible applicants must provide mentoring services to youth who are 17 years old or younger at the time of admission to the program.

An organization that applies for funding in Category 1 may also be eligible to apply for Category 5, but is ineligible to apply for funds in Categories 2, 3, and 4. An organization that applies for funding in Category 2 may also apply to receive funds in Categories 3 and 4.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must register with Grants.gov at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html prior to submitting an application. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time (ET) on April 13, 2020.

To be considered timely, an application must be submitted by the application deadline using Grants.gov, and the applicant must have received a validation message from Grants.gov that indicates successful and timely submission. OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date, to allow time for the applicant to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from Grants.gov, and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

Prior to Registering in Grants.gov, applicants must:

- Acquire a DUNS Number
- Acquire or renew registration with SAM

View the March 4, 2020 webinar: https://ojjdp.ojp.gov/media/video/9516

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=324400

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov link above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit your questions to mailto:grants@ncjrs.gov with the subject as “Questions for OJJDP FY
2020 Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative Webinar.”

Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline:
Phone: 800-518-4726 / 606-545-5035
Web: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/support.html
Email: support@grants.gov

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center:
Toll-free: 1-800-851-3420
TTY: 301-240-6310 (hearing impaired only)
Fax: 301-240-5830
Web Chat: https://webcontact.ncjrs.gov/ncjchat/chat.jsp
Email: grants@ncjrs.gov

CFDA Number:

16.726

Funding or Pin Number:

OJJDP-2020-16930

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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