2017-2018 Vermont Mentoring Grant Recipients

Through the 2017-2018 Vermont Mentoring Grants funding cycle, Mobius has awarded 33 grants, totaling $331,700, to support adult-to-youth mentoring programs throughout the state. This funding will support more than 100 new and existing program sites and more than 1,800 adult-to-youth mentor pairs in communities across Vermont.  (There is still additional funding available for potential New Program Planning Grants during the 2017-2018 grant year. Please visit the Vermont Mentoring Grants homepage for details on how to apply.)

Mobius also awarded three scholarships, totaling $3,900, for agencies to send a staff member to the 2018 National Mentoring Summit in Washington D.C.

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

First-Year Implementation Grants

Mentoring Agency Program Program Type # of Matches Award Amount
Multiple Counties
Laraway Youth & Family Services Laraway Youth & Family Services Mentoring Program
(Counties served: Caledonia, Lamoille, Orleans, Washington)
School-based 5 $8,000
Youth Development Program YDP Connections
(Counties served: Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Lamoille, Rutland, Washington, Windham)
Community-based 5 $8,425
Orange County
Randolph Area Mentoring Randolph Area Mentoring Program Community-based 6 $10,000
Windsor County
Windsor County Partners PALS Program at Windsor School (new site) School-based 8 $5,000
 

Second-Year Implementation Grants

Mentoring Agency Program Program Type # of Matches Award Amount
Chittenden County
Baba Tree International Crossroads: Where Cultures Meet Community-based 18 $6,200
Champlain Valley School District Connecting Youth Mentoring
(new site at Champlain Valley Union High School)
Community-based 27 (Included as part of Continuing Support Grant below)
South Burlington School District SB Mentoring
(new site at South Burlington High School)
School-based  7 (Included as part of Continuing Support Grant below)
 

Continuing Support Grants

Mentoring Agency Program Program Type # of Matches Award Amount
Statewide
The DREAM Program The DREAM Program Community-based 214 $19,100
Everybody Wins! Vermont Everybody Wins! Vermont School-based 530 $39,250
Multiple Counties
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermont Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermont
(Counties served: Chittenden and Windham)
Community and School-based 110 $18,500
The Collaborative The Collaborative Mentoring Program
(Counties served: Bennington, Windham and Windsor)
School-based 7 $1,900
Spectrum Youth and Family Services Spectrum Mentoring Program (Counties served: Chittenden and Grand Isle) Community-based 80 $15,250
VSA Vermont High School Mentoring Program (Counties served: Chittenden and Washington) Community and School-based 5 $3,200
Addison County
Addison Northeast Supervisory Union Lincoln Mentors Community-based 17 $5,100
Addison Northeast Supervisory Union Monkton Mentors Community and School-based 12 $3,000
Addison Northeast Supervisory Union Mt. Abraham Mentoring Program Community-based 18 $5,350
Addison Northeast Supervisory Union Starksboro Mentoring Program Community-based 28 $7,850
Bennington County
United Counseling Service Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bennington County Community and School-based 57 $14,950
Caledonia County
Northeast Kingdom Youth Services JUMP Mentoring Program School-based 15 $2,150
Chittenden County
Connecting Youth in the Champlain Valley School District Connecting Youth Mentoring Community and School-based 166
(139 school-based and 27 community-based)
$24,900
(includes funding for implementation grant listed above)
Essex CHIPS Essex FriendCHIPS School-based 18 $4,050
King Street Center Junior Senior Buddies Community-based 64 $13,000
Milton Community Youth Coalition Milton Mentors! Community-based 20 $6,300
South Burlington School District SB Mentoring School-based 60
(7 in second-year high school site)
$12,000
(includes funding for implementation grant listed above)
Essex County
No programs applied for funding. If you are interested in starting a program, please contact Mobius!
Franklin County
Franklin County Caring Communities Cornerstone Mentoring, Friends for Lunch, Royal Lunch Bunch, and Watershed Mentoring Community and School-based 35 $9,075
Grand Isle County
Grand Isle Community Services Grand Isle County Mentoring Program School-based 42 $9,600
Lamoille County
See “First-Year Implementation” and the “Statewide” section of the “Ongoing Support” grants.
Orange County
The Mentoring Project of the Upper Valley The Mentoring Project of the Upper Valley Community-based 20 $8,000
Orleans County
See “First-Year Implementation” and the “Statewide” section of the “Ongoing Support” grants.
Rutland County
The Mentor Connector The Mentor Connector Community-based 102 $24,500
Washington County
Cabot Connects Mentoring Cabot Connects Mentoring Community-based 12 $3,700
Twinfield Together Mentoring Program Twinfield Together Mentoring Program Community and School-based 41 $12,300
Washington Central Friends of Education Girls/Boyz First Mentoring Community and School-based 40 $14,000
Windham County
See “Multiple Counties” section of the “Ongoing Support” grants.
Windsor County
Ottauquechee Community Partnership Mentor and Buddy Program School-based 20 $4,900
Windsor County Partners Let’s Do Lunch, and Partners Always Lend Support Community and School-based 42 $12,150
 

Received Scholarships to Attend National Mentoring Summit

Mentoring Agency Scholarship Amount
Spectrum Youth and Family Services $1,300
The DREAM Program $1,300
Youth Development Program $1,300

Total Funding Awarded Or Pledged: $331,700

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 Eligibility

Mobius considers the following criteria before bringing grants to the grant review committee using a scale of “inadequate” to “excellent.” Applicants that are deemed “inadequate” are not brought to the grant review committee for potential funding.

  • 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.

Criteria for Determining Grant Awards

The grant committee considered the following criteria when making grant award decisions:

  • Location: Where in Vermont does the applicant serve? Does the applicant’s location limit its funding options?
  • Program Type: Community-based, school-based, site-based, etc.
    School/District Mergers: Is the applicant managing a school-based program or programs in a district or supervisory union that is experiencing a school and/or district merger?
  • Weeks of Programming: How many weeks of programming does the applicant run per year?
  • Agency Structure: Is the applicant part of a larger agency, part of a school system, or a standalone non-profit?
  • Past Grant Performance: If the applicant has received funding through the Vermont Mentoring Grants in the past, has the applicant met past grant goals?
  • Program Growth: Net-new matches are not a requirement for funding. To promote closing the Vermont mentoring gap, programs that are able to sustainably grow their program to reach more youth may receive a larger grant award. Net-new matches will be measured based on past match totals and past grant goals.
  • Program Size: Applicants that support a large number of matches can expect to receive a larger grant award. However, the funding per match for a larger program may be lower than the ratio for smaller programs.

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 $1,300 scholarship to support a program staff member attending the National Mentoring Summit. Mobius was able to award three of these scholarships for FY 17-18.
    • 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, and receive the required return rate, will receive additional funding of $5 per match, with a minimum award of $100 and a maximum award of $1,000.

Grant Committee Members

Amanda Churchill, Vermont Department for Children and Families
Nate Formalarie, Cabot Creamery Cooperative/Mobius Board
Eddie Gale, A.D. Henderson Foundation
Elizabeth Haag, Evaluation and Program Consultant
Jamie Lofy, Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children

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