This solicitation provides funding for applicant organizations to enhance and expand mentoring services for children and youth impacted by opioids and other drug misuse.
The following provides additional details for the two categories under this solicitation:
Category 1: Mentoring Strategies for Youth Affected by Opioid and Other Drug Misuse (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 drug use.
Mentoring organizations under Category 1 must establish a formal relationship with a public or private substance use treatment organization that can demonstrate they are licensed and/or accredited prior to application submission. This should include a fully executed memorandum of understanding (or analogous document) between the agencies, which includes confirmation that the selected substance use treatment organization is licensed and/or accredited. While not required at the time of application, applicants should describe this partnership and its importance to the program model. Applicants that submit a fully executed memorandum of understanding (or analogous document) will receive priority consideration. Applicants selected for funding without a fully executed memorandum of understanding (or analogous document) will have a special condition placed on their award withholding funds until this requirement is satisfied.
Category 2: Statewide and Regional Mentoring Strategies for Youth Affected by Opioid and Other Drug Misuse. This category supports a broad-based approach to building mentoring program capacity in targeted regions throughout the country to help youth impacted by drug use.
OJJDP is interested in supporting statewide or regional approaches to expanding mentoring services for these targeted youth. This may include states or statewide organizations providing subgrants to mentoring organizations in particular regions (especially rural communities), federally recognized tribes supporting mentoring programs, and national mentoring organizations funding active chapters or subrecipients in areas (especially rural communities) with demonstrated high levels of drug use.