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Multistate Mentoring Programs Initiative

Grants to USA Organizations to Provide
Mentoring Services to At-Risk Youth

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)

Conf. Date:

03/18/21

Deadline Date:

03/23/21 11:59 PM Deadline for Grants.gov; 03/09/21 11:59 PM Deadline for JustGrants.

Description:

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Grants to USA organizations to provide mentoring services to at-risk youth. Applicants must complete required registrations and submit a pre-application prior to the final deadline. The purpose of the grant program is to improve outcomes for youth who are at-risk for delinquency.

The program’s goal is to improve outcomes (such as improved academic performance and reduced school dropout rates) for at-risk and high-risk youth, and reduce negative outcomes (including juvenile delinquency, substance use, and gang participation) through mentoring.

OJJDP has identified the following specific program objectives:

  • Increase the number of youth receiving mentoring services.
  • Increase or maintain the number of well-trained mentors.
  • Develop and implement program design enhancements that align with research and evidence on effective mentoring approaches. 

This program supports the implementation and delivery of mentoring services to youth populations that are at risk for juvenile delinquency and juvenile justice system involvement. Mentoring services can be one-on-one, group, peer, or a combination of these types. Funding can be used to support new mentoring matches or continue existing mentoring matches at the time of application.

Category 1: Mentoring Organizations (5 to 44 states). For Category 1, applicants must describe how they will respond to the following items in their application:

  • Broadest reach. Address how the proposed mentoring approach will reach a diverse and broad population of youth. OJJDP will consider the following factors in this determination: number of states where the applicant organization can show a history of providing mentoring services through subawards, number of states where the applicant organization proposes to use the awarded grant funds to provide mentoring services, number of program sites where the applicant organization can demonstrate a history of providing mentoring services through subawards, number of program sites where the applicant organization proposes to use the awarded grant funds to provide mentoring services, number of youth served, number of mentors recruited, and diversity in the youth being served.
  • Target population. The target population should include those youth who are at risk for delinquency or victimization and/or are involved in the juvenile justice system. OJJDP encourages applicants to consider how best to serve youth affected by drug addiction, children of parents on active military duty, children of incarcerated parents, and youth in rural communities. “Rural” encompasses all population, housing, and territory not included within an urban area.
  • Bullying. Applicants are expected to include information in their application that highlights how their mentoring model will directly address the impact of bullying (including cyberbullying) on the youth served in their programs.
  • Program profile. Applicants are expected to include a fully executed Mentoring Program Profile document as a separate attachment as stipulated in the Additional Application Components section. 

Category 2: Mentoring Organizations (1 to 4 states). For Category 2, applicants must describe how they will respond to the following items in their application:

  • Target population. The target population should include youth who are at risk for delinquency or victimization and/or are involved in the juvenile justice system. OJJDP also encourages applicants to consider how best to serve youth affected by drug addiction, children of parents on active military duty, children of incarcerated parents, and youth in rural communities.
  • Bullying. Applicants are expected to include information in their application that highlights how their mentoring model will directly address the issue and impact of bullying (including cyberbullying) on the youth served in their programs.
    • Demonstrated partnership. OJJDP encourages applicants to target mentoring services that incorporate opportunities for youth and law enforcement engagement as part of their program model. Applicant mentoring organizations that demonstrate a partnership with a law enforcement agency will receive priority consideration. This may be demonstrated via a memorandum of understanding (MOU) or analogous document.
    • Program profile. Applicants are expected to include a fully executed Mentoring Program Profile document (see Appendix B) as a separate attachment, as stipulated in the Additional Application Components section. 

OJP Policy Priority Areas: https://ojjdp.ojp.gov/funding/fy2021/O-OJJDP-2021-48007#page=9

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 194172

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$26,000,000

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Category 1: Mentoring Organizations (5 to 44 states) Eligible entities are those mentoring 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 2: Mentoring Organizations (1 to 4 states) Eligible entities are those mentoring organizations that have operated an established mentoring program for at least 3 years and have active chapters or subawardees in four or fewer states. Applicants are expected to submit an attachment labeled “Mentoring organizational history” that demonstrates the timeframe that the organization has been in operation and providing mentoring services. This can include a statement on agency letterhead attesting to the start date of providing mentoring services. Links to an organization’s website and/or press releases supporting this timeframe are encouraged to be included in this letter.

Eligibility Information To advance Executive Order 13929 Safe Policing for Safe Communities, the Attorney General determined that all state, local, and university or college law enforcement agencies must be certified by an approved independent credentialing body or have started the certification process to be eligible for FY 2021 DOJ discretionary grant funding. To become certified, the law enforcement agency must meet two mandatory conditions: (1) the agency’s use of force policies adhere to all applicable federal, state, and local laws; and (2) the agency’s use of force policies prohibit chokeholds except in situations where use of deadly force is allowed by law. The certification requirement also applies to law enforcement agencies receiving DOJ discretionary grant funding through a subaward. For detailed information on this new certification requirement, please visit https://cops.usdoj.gov/SafePolicingEO to access the Standards for Certification on Safe Policing for Safe Communities, Implementation Fact Sheet, and List of Designated Independent Credentialing Bodies.

For the purposes of this solicitation, two or more independent organizations that form a collaborative to meet the multistate requirement in either category are not eligible to apply. The organization’s headquarters must submit the application.

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

Eligible applicants in both categories must provide mentoring services to youth who are 17 years old or younger at the time of admission to the program. Applicants can only apply for one category. If an applicant applies for both categories, then both applications will be denied.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Webinar Event Information:
Application Mechanics: Submitting an Application
Registration is required to join this event. If you have not registered, please do so now.
Date and time: Thursday, March 18, 2021 1:00 pm
Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)

To register and learn more: https://ojp.webex.com/ojp/onstage/g.php?MTID=e2d5eb2392efea3109bf1febdca07b759

Pre-Application Information:

Grants.gov Deadline: March 23, 2021 11:59 PM
Application JustGrants Deadline: April 6, 2021 11:59 PM

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 Grants.gov at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html. To register in Grants.gov, 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 at JustGrants.usdoj.gov.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=330806

Solicitation-specific webinar: https://ojjdp.ojp.gov/media/video/12956

Contact Information:

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 Grants.gov, contact the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726 or 606-545-5035, at Grants.gov customer support webpage, or email at support@grants.gov. The Grants.gov 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 JustGrants.Support@usdoj.gov 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.

An applicant that experiences unforeseen Grants.gov or JustGrants technical issues beyond its control that prevent it from submitting its application by the deadline must email the the National Criminal Justice Reference Service Response Center (Response Center) at grants@ncjrs.gov withi n 24 hours after the application deadline to request approval to submit its application after the deadline.

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 grants@ ncjrs.gov. Response Center hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET on the solicitation close date. General information on applying for OJJDP awards can be found at https://www.ojjdp.gov/funding/funding.html.

CFDA Number:

16.726

Funding or Pin Number:

O-OJJDP-2021-48007

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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