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Mentoring for Youth Affected by the Opioid Crisis and Drug Addiction

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 16.726
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice
Mar 30, 2021

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Mentoring for Youth Affected by the Opioid Crisis and Drug Addiction provides funding to enhance and expand mentoring services for children, youth, and their family members currently misusing or addicted to opioids, methamphetamine, and/or other substances, as well as for youth at risk for misusing drugs. The program supports a range of mentoring approaches, including one-to-one, group, and peer mentoring, or a combination of strategies. A portion of the funds may be used to provide mental health and/or substance use treatment, residential placement services, and other support services.

Grants will be awarded in 2 categories:

  • Category 1: Mentoring Strategies for Youth Impacted by Opioids and Drug Addiction grants provide mentoring services as part of a prevention, treatment, and supportive approach to youth impacted by unlawful or addictive drug use.
  • Category 2: Statewide and Regional Mentoring Strategies for Youth Impacted by Opioids and Drug Addiction grants support statewide or regional efforts to build mentoring program capacity in order to serve youth impacted by substance misuse and addiction in targeted areas, such as rural communities.

Priority consideration will also be given to applications that:

  • Addresses the specific challenges that rural and underserved communities face with limited opportunity to access juvenile drug treatment courts
  • Benefit individuals who reside in high-poverty areas or persistent-poverty counties
  • Encourage program investments in economically distressed communities (Qualified Opportunity Zones)

Eligible Category 1 applicants include nonprofit and for-profit organizations, including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations and faith-based organizations, that have an operational mentoring program that has been providing services for at least 1 year.

Category 1 applicants are required to establish a formal relationship with a public or private substance abuse treatment agency.

Eligible Category 2 applicants include:

  • National organizations, defined as organizations with active chapters or subawardees in at least 45 states
  • States
  • Federally recognized tribal governments
  • Organizations having statewide reach that provide mentoring services
Geographic coverage
Nationwide and U.S. territories
Amount of funding

Award ceiling:

  • Category 1: $625,000
  • Category 2: $1,250,000

Estimated number of awards:

  • Category 1: 14
  • Category 2: 6

Project period: 36 months
Estimated total program funding: $16,250,000

Application process

Links to the full announcement, application instructions, and the online application process are available through

Applicants should submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in by March 30, 2021.

Submit the full application, including attachments, in the JustGrants grants management system by April 13, 2021.

Tagged as
Children and youth · Community and faith-based initiatives · Illicit drug use · Substance use and misuse

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