Background Check Grants

 

Overview of Funding
Responsible mentoring programs need to incorporate a number of important program elements and policies in order to promote safe, quality and effective mentoring relationships.  It is essential that mentoring programs screen all volunteers.  Your organization is ultimately responsible for screening mentors and placing them in the most suitable roles.  Not every individual you recruit as a prospective mentor will be suited to become a mentor.  Careful screening improves the quality of your mentors and helps ensure the safety of the youth in your program, while also managing your organization's level of risk and liability.

This grant seeks to decrease a major funding barrier for mentoring programs when conducting criminal background checks, one piece of the screening puzzle, and is made possible through a partnership with Volunteer Kansas, a statewide organization whose mission is to connect potential volunteers to organizations in Kansas that need their help.  Volunteer Kansas provides a free website that allows organizations to list their volunteer needs and potential volunteers to search way to help by keyboard, phrase, date range, location or organization name.  It also hosts an online exchange where volunteers can browse the material needs of organizations listed on volunteerkansas.org and make the connection to meet any needs they are able to.


Funding Opportunity Description
What is the purpose of this grant?
This grant seeks to decrease a major funding barrier for mentoring programs when conducting criminal background checks.  Specifically, this grant is only intended to reimburse mentoring programs in Kansas for name-based ($20) and/or fingerprint-based ($35) background checks conducted through the KBI.

Eligibility Information
Who is eligible for this funding?
This funding is limited to mentoring programs in the state of Kansas serving youth ages 5-18. 

Eligible applicants must:
• Be registered/approved as a partner program with Kansas Mentors (prior to the application due date).  Priority will be given, although not exclusive, to KM Gold Star Programs.
• Be a registered/approved program with Volunteer Kansas
(prior to application due date)
• Be a registered/approved program with Volunteer Kansas (prior to application due date)
• List mentoring opportunities on www.volunteerkansas.org.
• Abide by these minimum requirements: 1) Complete the Kansas Bureau of Investigation Name-Based or Fingerprint-Based search, Child Abuse & Neglect Central Registry search and National Sex Offender Registry search on all potential mentors; 2) Require a minimum length of commitment for mentors; 3) Provide an initial training for all mentors and offer opportunities for ongoing training and support throughout the mentor commitment.


Timeline
January 20, 2016- Kansas Mentors Background Check Grant RFP Released
February 15, 2016- Applications Due, 5:00PM
February 22-26, 2016- Clarification Period
February 26, 2016- Clarification Responses Due, 5:00PM
March 1, 2016- Official Notification of Awards

    
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