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Final call for grant applicants

Posted: May 19, 2016
Categories: KSDE
Author: Ann Bush

For Immediate Release:                                                                                                 Cheri Faunce, Director

May 18, 2016                                                                                                  (785) 368-6211, cfaunce@ksde.org

 

Final call for grant applicants

Mentoring programs can submit application to get Kansas Bureau of Investigation background checks reimbursed

TOPEKA – Kansas Mentors is currently accepting the second round of applications for the Background Check Grant.

These competitive grants are available to mentoring organizations to help offset the costs of background checks conducted through the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and are made available through a grant given by Volunteer Kansas. Grant applications will be accepted through June 15.

“Kansas’ mentoring programs are reporting significant declines in funding while seeing an increase in the need for services,” said Cheri Faunce, director of Kansas Mentors. “These funds are a strategic investment to ensure more young Kansans have access to a safe and caring adult role model.”

There was $40,000 in funding available at the beginning of this year. About $32,000 has been awarded, leaving $8,000 in available funding for the second round.

Background checks are an essential component of the screening process to help certify the safety of children involved in mentoring programs. The cost of criminal background checks, however, is substantial, considering every mentor should complete and pass a check before they can begin mentoring.  This can be a huge funding barrier that can potentially limit the number of young people a program serves or, even worse, put children in danger should a mentoring program forgo the background check because of the cost.

“The goal of Volunteer Kansas is to increase volunteerism across our state,” said Nola Brown, director of Volunteer Kansas. “Mentoring is one of the most important and rewarding ways to volunteer. With budget cuts to so many mentoring programs, our fear was children would miss out on opportunities for positive direction from qualified adults simply because reputable mentoring programs could no longer afford the necessary KBI background checks. We hope this grant will bridge the gap, encourage continued recruitment of volunteer mentors and ultimately result in positive life outcomes for kids in Kansas who are matched with caring mentors.”

For the complete application instructions, blank application and w-9 form, please visit www.KansasMentors.org or contact Kansas Mentors by phone at (785) 368-6211 or mentor@ksde.org

Kansas Mentors is a statewide mentoring partnership that connects existing mentoring programs with one another and serves as a resource center for communities wishing to start a program. Kansas Mentors works to promote the great mentoring opportunities found throughout the state. We believe that all children deserve a caring adult role model in their lives to support and guide them; our mission is to help make this a reality.

Volunteer Kansas Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charity based in Wichita, Kan. Volunteerkansas.org is the organization’s website devoted to increasing volunteerism in the state of Kansas and providing a hub for Kansans to find organizations that may need volunteer or material help. The website is a free service to individuals and organizations. The vision of Volunteer Kansas is to move Kansas from the state ranking of No. 5 for volunteerism to No. 1

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