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Federal Grants for Mentoring

6/30/2004:   The U.S. Department of Education (ED) recently announced the availability of nearly $30 million in grants through "Mentoring Programs." Applications are due July 7, 2004. In response to requests from the field, ED has revised the definition of “school-based mentoring” to allow more types of mentoring programs to apply for funding. Now applicants need only consult and closely coordinate with schools and teachers as they design and carry out their mentoring program--the work itself doesn't have to be conducted on the school site.

Local education agencies (LEAs), including private schools, faith- and community-based organizations (CBOs), and partnerships between the two are eligible for grants. Consortiums of at least one LEA and at least one CBO will be awarded additional points during the review process. Applicants can establish new programs or expand existing mentoring programs, but must serve children with the greatest need whether they live in rural areas, high-crime areas, or troubled home environments, or attend schools with violence problems. Children served by the program must be in grades 4–8. Nearly 200 grants will be awarded, ranging from $100,000 to $200,000. Grant amounts are historically offered on a yearly basis, renewable for three years.

The complete funding announcement, final priorities, and application instructions can be downloaded in PDF or Word format at www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/grantapps/index.html or www.ed.gov/programs/dvpmentoring/applicant.html. Technical assistance resources for grant applicants can also be accessed at www.ed.gov/admins/grants/apply/techassist/index.html.

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