Bill Russell Mentoring Grant

The 2013 Bill Russell Mentoring Grantees from Boston Partners in Education and Partners for Youth with Disabilities

The Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation and the Bill Russell Legacy Project provide the funding for these grants, which we administer through a competitive RFP process. Typically, the funding is focused on investing in Boston-based mentoring programs that include a connection to academic success. Interested applicants should check this page each spring for the official RFP release.

The Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation and the Bill Russell Legacy Project, with support from Mass Mentoring Partnership, plan to release the third Bill Russell Mentoring Grant Program Request for Proposals (RFP) in early spring 2014. Please check back for further details and the RFP itself.

The 2014 program focus has yet to be announced. In 2013, the program focused on investing in Boston-based mentoring programs that include a connection to academic success. Boston Partners in Education and Partners for Youth with Disabilities were awarded the 2013 grants.

Bill Russel at a microphone

Some issues to note for the 2014 grant:

  • Programs are required to be or become members at the highest level of eligibility of Mass Mentoring Partnership’s Quality-based Membership program.
  • In 2013, grant winners were required to use their awards to do one or both of the following: expand or enhance a current mentoring program, and/or improve one of the following youth outcomes connected to academic success in a measurable way: school attendance, attitude toward school, attitude toward teachers and school staff, or grades.

For more information regarding the RFP, eligibility, and requirements, please contact Nate Baum, manager of training and technical assistance, at nbaum@massmentors.org or 617.695.2473.