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Vermont Mentoring Grant


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Funding Source
MENTOR Vermont Inc
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Geographic Focus
USA: Vermont

Important Dates
LOI Date: 07/14/23
Deadline: 08/11/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants and in-kind support to Vermont nonprofit organizations and schools for programs and activities that benefit youth. Applicants must contact program staff and submit an eligibility form prior to applying. Funding is intended to assist young people by pairing them with caring adults. Grants may be used to benefit, expand, and enhance the quality of existing programs, and to help establish new adult-to-youth mentoring programs. Grantees should operate at least 25 weeks of programming a year.

Program Model:

  • Age
    • Mentees must be 5-22 years old.
    • Matches must have a minimum three-year age gap.
  • One-to-One
    • While programs may have a group engagement component, youth must be matched with an individual mentor.
  • Youth-Adult
    • Mentors must be at least 18 years old and no longer in high school.
  • Peer-Based
    • Mentors must be in high school or older.
    • Matches should meet for one hour a week or four hours a month (depending on program model).

MENTOR Vermont Will Provide:

  • Technical Assistance: MENTOR Vermont offers the information and guidance needed to create a successful and sustainable mentoring program.
  • Resources: MENTOR Vermont can help grantees find the resources and networks needed to create, maintain, and grow a quality mentoring program.

For information about creating a new program, see:

Established Programs Grant Criteria can be found at


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The Vermont Mentoring Grants (VMG) fund established mentoring programs supporting youth-adult matches in Vermont by nonprofits or schools. VMG funds may also be used to implement a new mentoring program supporting youth-adult matches.

Programs in the planning or start-up phase with no plans of implementation during 2023-2024 are ineligible for funds but are welcome to reach out to MENTOR Vermont for technical assistance with their planning process.

Pre-Application Information
- June 9, 2023: Vermont Mentoring Grant RFP released
- July 14, 2023: Grant Eligibility Form due
- July 5 – August 10, 2023: Pre-grant writing meetings
- August 11, 2023: Grant application due
- August 31, 2023: Grant decisions
- September 1, 2023: Grant start date
- May 31, 2024: Grant end date
- June 20, 2024: Year-end report and quarterly financial report due

All applicants must participate in a 50-minute virtual meeting with
MENTOR Vermont Executive Director, Chad Butt. You will receive a link to schedule a meeting once you complete the Grant Eligibility Form. Do not submit your grant application prior to this meeting.

Applicants interested in applying for a grant should set up a profile for their agency (if they don’t already have one) in Vermont Mentoring Grants System. Once you have an Agency Profile fill out the Grant Eligibility Form to confirm your agency is eligible to apply.

There is a one-to-one funding match requirement.

Estimated Size of Grant
For applicants serving fewer than 150 total matches, the funding awarded per match will likely fall within the following range:
- Community-Based: $225-550 per match
- Site-Based:
a. Peer-Based: $200-$425 per match
b. Youth-Adult: $200-$375 per match

Agencies with compelling other circumstances or larger mentoring programs that serve more than 150 matches should plan to discuss an appropriate request range with MENTOR Vermont during the pre-grant writing meeting. Awarded funding per match may change based on the amount of funding available for the Vermont Mentoring Grants.

Contact Information
Set up a profile, fill out the eligibility form, and apply:

Contact Chad Butt at

MENTOR Vermont
19 Marble Avenue, Suite 4
Burlington, VT 05401

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