Juvenile Mentoring Program


To improve outcomes for at-risk and high-risk youth, and reduce negative outcomes (including juvenile delinquency, substance use, and gang participation) through the provision of mentoring services. 1. To increase the capacity of state, local, community, tribal and national organizations to develop, implement, and expand youth mentoring efforts that incorporate evidence-based findings of best practices and principles. funding to state, local, community, and national organizations to propose the enhancement or expansion of initiatives that will assist in the development and maturity of community programs to provide mentoring services to high-risk populations 2. To increase opportunities for at-risk and high-risk youth to have mentors. 3. To align the mentoring practices with research and evidence on effective mentoring approaches. that are underserved due to location, shortage of mentors, special physical or mental challenges of the targeted population, or other analogous situations identified by the community in need of mentoring services. 4. To develop and maintain a national resource on mentoring research, practice and effectiveness.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2017 In FY 2017, OJJDP awarded $63 million in funding to support mentoring organization and provide training and technical assistance through the National Mentoring Resource Center to mentoring organizations. In total, 1 award was made for national training and technical assistance and 20 awards were made to mentoring organizations (4 national, 12 multi-state, and 4 collaboratives).
Fiscal Year 2018 In FY 2018, OJJDP awarded $83 million in funding to support mentoring organizations and and nonprofits, provided training and technical assistance through the National Mentoring Resource Center to mentoring organizations, and supported research efforts. In total, 1 award was made for national training and technical assistance and 36 awards were made to mentoring organizations (6 national, 9 multi-state,and 21 special focus mentoring programs). OJJDP also provided continued support to four Practicioner-Researcher grants and partialfunding support for the Specialized Service and Mentoring for Child and Youth Victims of Sex Trafficking.
34 USC 11171-11172 and an act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice in the current fiscal year.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants are limited to states (including territories), units of local government, federally recognized tribal governments as determined by the Secretary of the Interior, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations), as well as institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education). For-profit organizations (as well as other recipients) must agree to forgo any profit or management fee.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable
Generally applicant documentation includes the Standard Form 424 (SF-424 - Application for Federal Assistance), a program narrative, budget detail worksheet, and budget narrative. There also are a number of certifications that may be required, and other elements, as specified in the program announcement.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. See program announcement regarding preapplication coordination (if any), environmental impact information, and coverage under E.O. 12372. Generally, E.O. 12372 does not apply to grants for technical assistance, research that is national in scope, or research that is not designated to benefit a particular state. Application Procedures (092): Applicants for DOJ funding can submit applications online through either the federal grants portal Grants.Gov (www.grants.gov) or the DOJ’s Grants Management System (GMS) (https://grants.ojp.usdoj.gov). Each program announcement will specify which system should be used for that program and will contain detailed technical instructions on how to register with the system as well as apply for funding. Applicants are generally required to register and create a profile in GMS. Specific application instructions for program announcements are available at the Office of Justice Programs web site (http://www.ojp.gov/funding/solicitations.htm).
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants must submit completed applications via the Office of Justice Programs, Grants Management System or through grants.gov following established criteria. The receipt, review, and analysis of applications will follow Office of Justice Programs policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications. Specific application instructions for solicitations are available at the Office of Justice Programs web site (http://www.ojp.gov/funding/solicitations.htm).
Award Procedure
Upon approval by the Assistant Attorney General, successful applicants are notified via the Grants Management System.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Varies by project
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Varies by program. Applications are judged according to their consistency with the policies and program priorities established by OJJDP and applicable laws.
How may assistance be used?
To be eligible for an Award under the Juvenile Mentoring Program, an applicant must: (1) respond to legislative requirements contained in Section 261 (a) and (b) of the JJDP Act, as amended as well as specific program guidelines issued by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP); (2) be consistent with the objectives and priorities of OJJDP; (3) provide for proper program administration, evaluation, and fiscal reporting; (4) demonstrate, in the overall quality of the proposal, that the program is technically sound and will achieve the required program objectives at the highest possible level; and (5) respond to clear and documentable needs.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: To assist in fulfilling the Departments responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, and the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, Public Law 111–352, recipients must provide data that measures the results of their work.
See Uniform Administrative Requirements, 2 C.F.R. Part 200 at Subpart F - Audit Requirements (Sec. 200.500 - 200.507) as adopted by D.O.J. in 2 C.F.R. Part 2800.
Generally, all financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the award must be retained for a period of three (3) years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report (Federal Financial Report/SF-425). For more information and exceptions, see Uniform Administrative Requirements 2 C.F.R. SS 200.333 as adopted by D.O.J. in 2 C.F.R. Part 2800.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Length and time phasing of assistance vary by project--see applicable program announcement. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Office of Justice Programs
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531 US
Phone: (202) 6169135
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$85,731,653.00; FY 19 est $9,400,000.00; FY 20 est $58,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Award amounts vary according to solicitation.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Office of Justice Programs' Financial Guide 2015 (https://ojp.gov/financialguide/DOJ/pdfs/2015_DOJ_FinancialGuide.pdf) and Post award Instructions (www.ojp.usdoj.gov/funding/pdfs/post_award_instructions.pdf), applicable OMB Circulars, and Department of Justice regulations applicable to specific types of grantees, which can be found in title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations (28 C.F.R.). See program announcement and Uniform Administrative Requirements in 2 C.F.R. Part 200 as adopted and supplemented by D.O.J. in 2 C.F.R. Part 2800.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 Funding has supported the National Gang Center to provide training and technical assistance to criminal and juvenile justice professionals, law enforcement, youth-and community-serving practitioners, researchers, and the public on addressing gang issues and reducing gang involvement and levels of gang crime
Fiscal Year 2018 National, Multi-State and Statewide Mentoring Programs, and the National Mentoring Resource Center
Fiscal Year 2019 National, Multi-State,Statewide Mentoring Programs and Special focus Mentoring Programs (i.e., Youth affected by Opioids, Youth in the Juvenile Justice System), and the National Mentoring Resource Center


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