Guidelines for Applicants
a. The Mentor Foundation:
The Mentor Foundation is an international, independent, non-government organization concerned with the prevention of drug misuse among young people. Registered under the laws of Switzerland with the seat at: Propriété la Pastorale, 106 route de Ferney, CH-1202 Geneva. Charity Number CH 660-0616994-6.
Mentor International’s Administrative base is 5, Forest Road, Loughborough, LE11 3NW, UK
b. The Mentor Foundation’s mission is to prevent drug abuse and promote the health and well-being of children and young people.
c. The focus of Mentor is to achieve global impact for effective and efficient drug misuse prevention by:
- Identifying and disseminating promising and best practices
- Providing leadership and management in undertaking and evaluating practical prevention projects
- Informing and supporting development of public policy
d. The Mentor International Prevention Awards:
The Mentor International Prevention Awards were established by the Trustees of the Mentor Foundation to recognize and promote the establishment of best practices in the often challenging field of drug prevention. These awards are given in recognition of excellence and to provide funding that will be used to further the established goals of the successful organizations or projects
In the context of the Mentor Awards “prevention” refers to an action or contribution that has the possibility to or has been shown to make drug misuse less likely and/or to delay onset of drug use by young people.
“Drugs” include alcohol, tobacco, and other psychoactive substances including prescription and over the counter drugs.
“Young People” for the purpose of this award refers to individuals under the age of 25.
f. Eligibility Conditions and Selection process:
- Applications are invited from any organization or group other than those solely funded by governments.
- Applicants must support the UN Charter on Human Rights and the UN Declaration of Children’s Rights.
- Applications must be completed in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese and submitted on-line via the Mentor Award website by 31st May, 2010 (extended to 18th June).
- Applications must be received at the Administrative Offices of Mentor International.
- An organisation can only submit one project in each of the Award categories. Where several applications for one project are submitted by different applicants, only the original implementer will be considered.
- A Mentor team of comprising staff members and its international network of prevention experts will short list applicants. Applicants should make themselves available in the event of questions.
- The short listed applicants will be informed by 31st August, 2010. Applicants who do not receive notice by this time may assume that they have not been selected.
- A Jury, chaired by Mentor's President H.M. the Queen of Sweden will make the final decision of the award winners which will be announced at the International Award Ceremony to be held on 14th October 2010 in Washington, DC.
- Where several organizations are possible recipients of the funds for a given project, the funds are awarded to the organization having the closest involvement in, impact on and responsibility over the project, notwithstanding a legally binding written agreement among the parties.
- All applicants will be informed of the outcome of the Award. Summary feedback will also be given to each applicant on their respective submissions.
- The funds provided to the winners will be used by the successful organisation to develop work related to the successful project.
- Project winners will develop their collaboration with Mentor in the use of their prize money and in pursuit of their prevention work with respect to the successful project.
- Applicants must consent that all information provided through project applications can be used by the Mentor Foundation in oral, written or electronic format to inform others about programmes and other information related to best and promising practice in prevention.
- All decisions are under the jurisdiction of The Mentor Foundation and are final.