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Mentoring for Youth Affected by the Opioid Crisis and Drug Addiction

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, and Agencies
for Programs to Address Youth Substance Abuse

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

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03/30/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to USA and Territories nonprofits, for-profits, and state and tribal agencies for programs to assist youth impacted by substance abuse. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations well in advance of the deadline. Funding is intended for local or statewide mentoring services to improve outcomes such as academic performance and reduced school dropout rates.

This program supports the implementation and delivery of mentoring services to youth who are currently abusing or addicted to drugs (including opioids and methamphetamine), youth at risk for abusing drugs, and youth with family members who are currently abusing or addicted to drugs. Mentoring services can be one-to-one, group, peer, or a combination. Funding can be used to support new mentoring matches or continue existing mentoring matches at the time of application.

Funding may be used to support supplemental activities as part of the proposed mentoring model; however, only up to 20 percent of the total amount of project funds can be used to support other nonmentoring direct services, such as mental health/substance abuse treatment, residential placement services, or other supportive services identified and aligned with the project design.

The following provides additional details for the two categories under this solicitation:

Category 1: Mentoring Strategies for Youth Impacted by Opioids and Drug Addiction (Project Sites). The focus of this category is to provide mentoring services as part of a prevention, treatment, and supportive approach for those youth impacted by unlawful or addictive drug use.

Category 2: Statewide and Regional Mentoring Strategies 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 drug use.

For further details on objectives and deliverables, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 194284

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Number of Grants:

Category 1: 17 awards; Category 2: 6 awards

Estimated Size of Grant:

Category 1: up to $625,000
Category 2: up to $1,250,000

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance Start Date: 10/1/21 12:00 AM
Period of Performance Duration (Months): 36

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

For Category 1, the following entities are eligible to apply:
- Nonprofit organizations and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations and faith-based organizations) that at the time of application have an operational mentoring program that has been providing services for at least 1 year.

Applicants are expected to submit an attachment labeled “Mentoring organizational history” that demonstrates the timeframe for when the organization has provided mentoring services. This can include a statement on agency letterhead attesting to the start date of providing mentoring services. Links to organizational websites and/or press releases supporting this timeframe are encouraged to be included in the letter.

For Category 1, OJJDP will consider applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (subgrantees).

For Category 2, the following entities are eligible to apply:
- National organizations (defined as organizations that have active chapters or subawardees in at least 45 states)
- States
- Federally recognized tribal governments
- Organizations having statewide reach that provide mentoring services

For purposes of this solicitation, “state” means any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Organizations having statewide reach are expected to submit an attachment labeled “Mentoring organizational capacity” that demonstrates evidence that the organization has supported or operated mentoring programs on a statewide basis. This can include a statement on agency letterhead attesting to supporting or operating mentoring programs in multiple jurisdictions across the state. Links to organizational websites and/or press releases supporting this capacity are encouraged to be included in the letter.

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.

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Application Mechanics: Submitting an Application
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Date and time: Thursday, March 18, 2021 1:00 pm
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Application Mechanics: Submitting an Application
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Date and time: Monday, March 29, 2021 3:00 pm
Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
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Pre-Application Information:

The SF-424 and the SF-LLL will be submitted in by March 30, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. OJP encourages 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 and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

The full application will be submitted in JustGrants on April 13, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

In FY 2021, applications will be submitted to DOJ in a new two-step process:
- Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in To register in, applicants will need to obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and System for Award Management (SAM) registration or renewal.
- Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application including attachments in JustGrants.

To be considered timely, the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline.

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

For technical assistance with submitting the SF-424 and SF- LLL in, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726, 606-545-5035, at customer support webpage, or email at The Support Hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on federal holidays.

For technical assistance with submitting the full application in DOJ’s Justice Grants System (JustGrants), contact the JustGrants Service Desk at or at 833-872-5175. The JustGrants Service Desk operates 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST Monday - Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and federal holidays.

For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact the Response Center by telephone at 800–851–3420 or TTY: 301–240–6310 (hearing impaired only) or by email at

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