2017-2018 Vermont Mentoring Grants

Through the 2017-2018 Vermont Mentoring Grants funding cycle, MENTOR Vermont (formerly Mobius) awarded 31 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.

MENTOR Vermont 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, MENTOR Vermont 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
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: $338,883

These Grants Were Designed to Fund:

Criteria for Determining Grant Eligibility

MENTOR Vermont 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.

Criteria for Determining Grant Awards

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

For full grant guidelines, please visit the Vermont Mentoring Grants page.

Funding Amounts

Grant Committee Members

Amanda Churchill, Vermont Department for Children and Families
Nate Formalarie, Cabot Creamery Cooperative/MENTOR Vermont 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.