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Grants to California Agencies, Nonprofits, Businesses, Groups, LEAs, and Individuals for Activities to Benefit Young Children and Families

General Mini-Grants


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Funding Source
First 5 Merced County
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Geographic Focus
USA: California: Merced County

Important Dates
Deadline: 04/28/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $10,000 to California governmental units, nonprofit organizations, businesses, community groups, LEAs, and qualified individuals in eligible locations for activities to benefit young children and families. Grant funds may be used to support outreach efforts to increase access to resources, development of training programs, purchase of educational materials, and activities to improve the delivery of services. Funding is intended to support local, community-driven projects that benefit children ages 0-5 years and their families in Merced County.

Proposed projects should be short-term service efforts, and/or activities with goals to improve the well-being of children 0-5 years and their families. Funding requests that are eligible for consideration include, but are not limited to:

  • Development of training programs
  • Outreach to increase access to resources available for young children and their families
  • Development of cross-system policies and procedures to improve service delivery
  • Purchase of educational materials and supplies
  • Enhance service delivery of current programs
  • Development of a new program
  • Research, needs assessments or piolet projects
  • Targeted outreach to increase participation in existing programs
  • Community education campaign


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applications will be accepted from:
- Non-profit agencies or organizations
- Private/for-profit businesses or corporations
- Community groups
- Governmental units
- Qualified individuals
- Local Education Agencies (LEA)

Applicants that do not meet the requirements for contracting with First 5 Merced County may be required to work with a fiscal agent.

Family childcare providers, preschools and IMPACT participants are NOT eligible. Please contact First 5 Merced County for opportunities available to family childcare providers.

Funds may not be used to supplant state or local money or to fund existing levels of service.

Examples of funding requests that are NOT eligible include, but are not limited to:
- Requests supporting family child care providers/preschools
- Requests supporting providers or centers participating in the First 5 IMPACT initiative
- Activities supported financially by First 5 funding through any other First 5 funding mechanism
- Purchasing equipment or upgrading preschool playground
- Giving away free groceries to needy families
- Fundraising
- Starting a new preschool/child care facility
- Ongoing expenses, including ongoing salaried staffing costs or operational expenses
- Capital project or improvements (defined as any improvements to one’s property such as construction, additions, alterations and/or modifications that may increase the value of that property.)

Pre-Application Information
Applications are due: Friday, April 28, 2023, 5:00 P.M.

Technical assistance is available upon request through the following dates: Friday April 7, 2023 at 5:00 P.M

A complete application packet must be submitted through the Web-Portal before 5:00 PM on the deadline. Packets, regardless of postmark or circumstance, received after the submission deadline will not be considered.

Eligible applicants are limited to one Mini-Grant per fiscal year (July 1 through June 30). While eligible applicants can apply for additional Mini-Grants in future years of the First 5 Merced County Strategic Plan 2020-2025.

If all funds are not expended during the initial review, additional Mini-Grant applications will be accepted on a continuous basis and are considered in the order received throughout the year until allocated funds are exhausted. First 5 Merced County staff will review Mini-Grant Applications and present qualified applications to the First 5 Merced Commission at a future Commission Meeting.

Organizations will submit one invoice for all project expenses and be paid on a reimbursement basis. In special circumstances, and with advance approval, multiple invoices may be accepted. Organizations may request an advanced payment up to 50% of the approved grant amount. Receipts for all project expenses outlined in the budget must be provided.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
The First 5 Merced County General Mini-Grants Program will provide one-time funding for up to $10,000.

Term of Contract
Program activities must take place during the 2023-24 fiscal year (July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024).

Contact Information
Submit an original of the complete packet to through the Web-portal:

All questions and requests for technical assistance concerning the Mini-Grant Program are to be directed to the official contact person:
First 5 Merced County
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