2016-2017 Vermont Mentoring Grant Recipients

Through the 2016-2017 Vermont Mentoring Grants funding cycle, Mobius has awarded 33 grants, totaling more than $324,000, to support adult-to-youth mentoring programs throughout the state. This funding will support 101 new and existing program sites and more than 1,800 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

New Program Planning Grants

Mentoring Agency Program Program Type # of Matches Award Amount
Youth Development Program TBD TBD N/A $4,000
Laraway Youth and Family Services TBD TBD N/A $4,000
Randolph Area Opiate Response TBD TBD N/A $4,000
Safer Society Foundation ChIPs Mentoring & Circles of Support TBD N/A $4,000

First-Year Implementation Grants

Mentoring Agency Program Program Type # of Matches Award Amount
Connecting Youth in Chittenden South Connecting Youth Mentoring
(new site at Champlain Valley Union)
Community-based 10 $9,000
Play in the Wild Play in the Wild Community-based 12 $10,000
South Burlington School District SB Mentoring
(High School Program)
School-based  N/A See Continuing
Support Grants

Second-Year Implementation Grants

Mentoring Agency Program Program Type # of Matches Award Amount
VSA Vermont High School
Mentoring Program
Community and School-based 8 $9,000

Continuing Support Grants

Mentoring Agency Program Program Type # of Matches Award Amount
Addison Northeast Supervisory Union Beeman Elementary Mentoring Program School-based 35 $4,300^
Addison Northeast Supervisory Union Lincoln Mentors Community and School-based 15 $2,800^
Addison Northeast Supervisory Union Monkton Mentors Community and School-based 10 $2,200
Addison Northeast Supervisory Union Mt. Abraham Union High School Mentoring Program Community and School-based 15 $4,900^
Addison Northeast Supervisory Union Starksboro Mentoring Program Community and School-based 28 $6,800^
Cabot Connects Mentoring Cabot Connects Mentoring Community-based 17 $5,100#^
Connecting Youth in Chittenden South Connecting Youth Mentoring School-based 146 $19,100
The DREAM Program The DREAM Program Community-based 260 $21,300^
Essex CHIPS Essex FriendCHIPS School-based 22 $4,300^
Everybody Wins! Vermont Everybody Wins! Vermont School-based 550 $41,800
Franklin County Caring Communities Friends for Lunch, Royal Lunch Bunch, and Watershed Mentoring Community and School-based 30 $6,700^
Grand Isle Community Services Grand Isle County Mentoring Program School-based 42 $8,500^
King Street Center Junior Senior Buddies Community-based 63 $10,900
The Mentor Connector See What 2 Can Do Community-based 95 $23,000^
The Mentoring Project of the Upper Valley The Mentoring Project of the Upper Valley Community-based 12 $4,200^
Milton Community Youth Coalition Milton Mentors! Community-based 18 $5,400^
Northeast Kingdom Youth Services  JUMP Mentoring School-based 20 $4,700^
Ottauquechee Community Partnership Mentor and Buddy Program Community and School-based 20 $4,100
South Burlington School District SB Mentoring School-based 59 $7,900
Spectrum Youth & Family Services Spectrum Mentoring Program Community-based 80 $13,600^
Twinfield Together Mentoring Program Twinfield Together Mentoring Program Community and School-based 41 $12,600^
United Counseling Service Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bennington County Community and School-Based 54 $11,700^
Washington Central Friends of Education Girls/Boyz First Mentoring Community-based 38 $12,500^
Windsor County Partners Let’s Do Lunch, and Partners Always Lend Support Community and School-based 42 $10,600
Youth Services of Windham County Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windham County Community and School-based 80 $9,900
Community Friends Howard Center Community-based 60 $9,300

Received Scholarships to Attend National Mentoring Summit

Mentoring Agency Scholarship Amount
Connecting Youth in Chittenden South $1,000
King Street Center $1,250
The Mentor Connector $1,250
Windsor County Partners $1,250

Key:

# = Portion of grant funding is contingent on meeting specified grant goals by December 31, 2016
^ = Will receive additional funding (not reflected in total) for committing to using full Vermont Mentoring Surveys
(in total, $3,925 will be granted to programs if they use the full surveys)

Total Funding Awarded Or Pledged: $324,675
Funding Still Available for 2016-2017$28,230 (this funding will carry over to the FY 2017-2018 VT Mentoring Grant Cycle)

 

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.
  • 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.

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 as outlined in the grant guidelines)
  • Additional Funding:
    • Professional Development
      Outside of the program funding process, mentoring agencies were eligible to request a $1,250 scholarship to support a program staff member attending the National Mentoring Summit. Mobius was able to award four of these scholarships for FY 16-17.
    • 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 will receive additional funding of $5 per match, with a minimum award of $100 and a maximum award of $1,000.

Grant Committee Members

Nate Formalarie, Cabot Creamery Cooperative/Mobius Board
Eddie Gale, A.D. Henderson Foundation
Hillary Orsini, Marlboro College Center for New Leadership
C. Fagan Hart, Vermont Children’s Trust Foundation
Dana Lawrence, Vermont Department for Children and Families

For information about previous Vermont Mentoring Grant funding cycles and grant awards, visit the Vermont Mentoring Grants page.