- This Application Closed 3/01/2022 -


Mentoring at its most basic level provides a consistent supportive relationship to young people in Kansas.  At its more complex level, it is an effective evidence-based prevention and intervention strategy aimed to help address school attendance, mental health support, violence prevention and workforce development. Mentoring works because it provides youth with caring adults who they can rely on and call upon for support during the challenges and triumphs of their lives.

Mentor Kansas is a program of the Kansas Volunteer Commission, which is a program of the Kansas State Department of Education. For almost 16 years, we have worked to increase the capacity of mentoring programs to serve more youth and inspire more Kansans to be mentors. We connect mentoring programs with one another, offer training and technical assistance and provide funding opportunities and other resources that support program capacity.

To support this purpose, Mentor Kansas announces the availability of grants to support mentoring initiatives that implement one or more of the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring (EEPM) and/or Supplements. The EEPM includes six standards (Recruitment, Screening, Training, Matching and Initiating, Monitoring and Support, and Closure) and provides a set of evidence-based standards that ensure consistent, effective and safe mentoring. The Supplements to the EEPM expand on best practices to include diverse youth populations or industry that support youth leaders in areas of LGBTQ, E-Mentoring, Group, Peer, STEM, Workplace Mentoring.


Examples of such projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Recruitment: Create targeted recruitment plan with strategies to increase mentoring.
  • Screening: Secure background checks for new mentors.
  • Training: Provide training and/or onboarding to new mentors.
  • Matching and Initiating: Create policies/procedures around initiating match relationships.
  • Monitoring and Support: Provide training/resources throughout the mentor relationship.
  • Closure: Create effective and safe closure plans for match relationships.
  • Peer Mentoring: Create program for HS or MS students to mentor younger peers.
  • E-Mentoring: Develop a combination of online and in-person interactions, or increase mentee/mentor interactions using virtual mentoring portals.
  • Group Mentoring: Activities that focus on group mentoring program design.
  • LGBTQ Mentoring: Develop safe and responsive mentoring for LGBTQ+ youth.
  • STEM Mentoring: Develop enrichment activities that expose youth to STEM.
  • Workplace Mentoring: Develop opportunities for mentees to develop workplace skills and/or explore careers.



The following entities are eligible to apply: public or private nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and other community organizations; school districts, institutions of higher education; government entities within states or territories (e.g., cities, counties); labor organizations; partnerships and consortia; and Indian Tribes. All projects must take place in the state of Kansas.


All entities must have an Employer Identification Number (EIN), Unique Entity Identification (UEI) Number that replaces the Dun and Bradstreet University Numbering System (DUNS) AND must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) prior to applying.



Projects under this proposal should occur from April 1 – September 30, 2022.  Mini-grant award recipients will be notified on or before March 15, 2022. There is no requirement for individuals to physically come together for this grant (social distancing is encouraged).

Mentor Kansas will make available up to $40,000 in grants and expects to award grants between $3,000 – $5,000 per eligible entities. Grant funding is to enhance and expand quality mentoring initiatives that support positive outcomes for young people and implement or align with the Elements of Effective Practices for Mentoring. Applicants will be reimbursed 100% (up to the approved amount) of their costs. This is a cost-reimbursement grant funding opportunity that will be paid upon submission of the project report and documentation of expenditures. Only those expenses incurred after the grant starts on March 15 will be eligible for reimbursement.

There is a dollar-for-dollar cost match requirement. This means if an applicant requests $4,500 for this grant, they must include a $4,500 match.

  • See Mini-Grant FAQ (on grant webpage) for more information about match.
  • Grantees will be required to include documentation for match expenses in final reports.
  • Matching funds may be a combination of cash or in-kind match and must be non-federal funds.
  • Note: the value of volunteer project hours is not considered an acceptable source of match. The only exception to this would be pro bono or skill-based volunteers that are leveraged for the project or volunteers that assist in the administration of the project.

Mentor Kansas will select recipients based on the quality of application, the need and impact of the proposed activities, and the organization’s demonstrated readiness to implement the proposed project. Should there be a competition for funds, priority will be given to organizations serving vulnerable populations as well as those serving in rural areas.


  • Applications Due 3/01/2022
  • Guidelines are available as a Word Doc here and as a PDF here
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is available as a Word Doc here and as a PDF here



  • Grant period: April 1 – September 30, 2022
  • For other questions, email Paula Smith at psmith@ksde.org 
  • NOTE: Grant funded programs may only operate in Kansas