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2015-2016 Vermont Mentoring Grants
To date, for the 2015-2016 Vermont Mentoring Grants funding cycle, Mobius has awarded 29 grants, totaling more than $330,000, to support adult-to-youth mentoring programs throughout the state. This funding will support 102 new and existing program sites, and nearly 1,900 adult-to-youth mentor pairs in communities across Vermont.
These grants were made through funding support from The Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children, the A.D. Henderson Foundation, and the Vermont Department for Children and Families. The criteria for this year’s granting process was determined collectively by our funding partners, Mobius staff and board, and the Program Leadership Council.
Grant Award Recipients
* = Received additional funding for a staff member to attend regional or national conference
^ = Received additional funding for committing to using full Vermont Mentoring Surveys
# = Portion of grant funding is contingent on meeting specified grant goals by March 1, 2016
For information about previous Vermont Mentoring Grant funding cycles and grant awards, visit the Vermont Mentoring Grants page.
These Grants Were Designed to Fund….
- A planning process by a committed agency or group of diverse community members for the purpose of creating a quality mentoring program in an under-served area of Vermont.
- A planning process by an established agency or program for the purpose of expanding its service area to include new program sites or youth populations.
- The first-year implementation of new adult-to-youth mentoring programs.
- The growth of new adult-to-youth mentoring programs in their second year of implementation.
- Continuing support for established adult-to-youth mentoring programs that are:
- Meeting nationally-recognized best practices and have successfully completed the Quality Mentoring System process.
- Participating in Mobius’ K-12 Mentoring Initiative by collaborating with other programs to support mentoring matches having the opportunity to continue meeting through the mentee’s high school graduation.
- Collecting youth outcome data using common questions from the Vermont Mentoring Surveys in the following key areas: resiliency; pro-social skills; future aspirations; connectedness to community; and attitude toward school.
Criteria for Determining Grant Awards
The grant committee considered the following criteria when making grant award decisions:
- The quality of program practices: for established programs, having successfully completed the Quality Mentoring System process; for first or second-year programs, working with Mobius to complete the process.
- Geographic location of program, and availability of other funding resources in the region.
- The sustainability of the mentoring program: the diversity of revenue sources, costs per match in alignment with Vermont costs for new and established programs (program type was taken into consideration), and overall financial stability of the program and/or agency.
- The diversity and level of engagement by the program’s advisory committee.
- Participation in collaborative statewide initiatives and conversations.
- Use of a quality program management system that tracks priority outcomes (use of the Vermont Mentoring Database is not required).
- Collaborative vision of creating mentor matches that last through high school graduation, through participation in Mobius’ K-12 Mentoring Initiative with other programs in their area.
- Tracking and sharing of priority data on program and youth outcomes.
- Efficient and effective use of resources.
- Achievement of past grant outcomes.
For full grant guidelines, please visit the Vermont Mentoring Grants page.
Eligible Funding Amounts
- New Program Planning: $1,000-$4,000
- First-Year Implementation: $10,000 max per program site
- Second-Year Implementation: Typically half of first-year grant award
- Continuing Support Grants: No limits (but must fall within suggested funding per match range)
- Additional Funding:
- Professional Development
Outside of the program funding process, mentoring agencies were eligible to receive up to $500 to support a program staff member attending the Northeast Regional Mentoring Conference or the National Mentoring Summit.
- Full Adoption of the Vermont Mentoring Surveys
Outside of the program funding process, agencies who committed to their programs administering all of the questions from the Vermont Mentoring Surveys to their mentors and mentees were awarded additional funding of $5 per match, with a minimum award of $100 and a maximum award of $1,000.
- Professional Development
Grant Committee Members
Nate Formalarie, Cabot Creamery Cooperative/Mobius Board
Eddie Gale, A.D. Henderson Foundation
Hilda Green, Vermont Children’s Trust
Rebecca Majoya, Majoya Writing