Boren Mentoring Initiative Grants

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Boren Mentoring Initiative Grants

The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence is excited to announce a new funding opportunity for Oklahoma mentoring organizations, the Boren Mentoring Initiative Grants. Grants will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis for our inaugural year. Two categories of grants are available:

Startup Grants – Two $3,000 startup grants will be available to new mentoring organizations in their first three years of operation. These grants are designed to encourage communities to start quality mentoring programs. 

Opportunity Grants – Six $1,500 opportunity grants will be available to existing mentoring groups to help fund programming, training, materials or other programs that advance excellence in mentoring for K-12 students in Oklahoma. 

To qualify for either grant, mentoring organizations MUST:

  • Serve K-12 age children in Oklahoma, with preference given to mentoring organizations that work in partnership with local public schools.

  • Conduct background checks on all mentors.

  • Agree to report qualitative and quantitative outcomes to the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.

  • Provide proof of 501(c)3 status or proof of an agreement with a local public school district or other qualified 501(c)3 umbrella organization. 

The Grant Application Portal opens November 1, with grant funding available on a first-come, first-served basis for qualified organizations.