Funding for the FY17 & FY 18 State Mentoring Matching Grant (2 Year Cycle, Line Item 7061-9634) is provided by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Originally created in FY99, the Mentoring Matching Grant funding is the only state investment solely dedicated to expanding quality mentoring across Massachusetts. The primary goal of this funding is to increase the number of high-quality mentoring matches through grants to public and private agencies as a strategy to assist in closing the persistent achievement gap among Massachusetts youth. Aligning with the State’s primary goal, programs can use funding to create or support existing matches with the required academic outcome of increased positive attitudes toward school. Although there have been significant cutbacks over the years in this line item, mentoring continues to have a voice in the state budget process owed to the tremendous advocacy and mobilization efforts of the mentoring field across the state.
The application cycle for FY 17-18 is now closed.