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Boren Mentoring Initiative Grants

Boren Mentoring Initiative Grant award application spots have been filled for this funding cycle.
Grant award winners will be notified January 3, 2022.

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

Opportunity Grants – Six opportunity grants of up to $1,500 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 Timeline for 2022 will be announced in the Spring.