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Mini-Grant Program

Grants to Sonoma County, California Nonprofits, For-Profits,
Agencies, and Individuals for Early Childhood Education

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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First 5 Sonoma County

Deadline Date:

01/15/18 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $5,000 to Sonoma County, California nonprofits, public organizations, individuals, and businesses providing child care services to foster the healthy development of children from the prenatal stage through age five. Applications are considered for programs and projects that promote health and healthy development, ensure that parents are nurturing, and provide children with high-quality education.

For agencies and individuals who are not child care providers, you may receive a mini-grant for the following types of activities:

-One-time events or pilot projects (mini-grants will not be awarded to support ongoing activities or regular staff positions.)
-Projects that address the needs of children ages 0 to 5 within specific populations and/or neighborhoods
-One-time purchase of curriculum materials or equipment, such as indoor or outdoor play equipment, books, or educational tools (Awards have typically not been made for the purchase of computer hardware or software.)
-Development of training(s) and/or enrollment in appropriate training opportunities (Awards have typically not been made for personal scholarships or to pay for regular academic coursework.)
-Technical assistance

For child care providers, you may receive a mini-grant for the following types of activities:

-One-time events (mini-grants will not be awarded to support ongoing activities or regular staff
positions.)
-Projects that address the needs of children ages 0 to 5 within specific populations and/or neighborhoods
-One-time purchase of curriculum materials or equipment, such as indoor or outdoor play equipment, books, or educational tools. (Awards have typically not been made for the purchase of computers or software.)
-Applications must be organized around one major theme or focus, for example outdoor play equipment to improve large motor skills, or shelving and books for a reading area. It is best to apply for several large, good quality items rather than many small items. Products that become used up, such as art supplies, are not eligible.
-Facility improvements primarily benefiting the child care program (home improvements such as bike paths, sod or fencing are not eligible)
-Development of training(s) and/or enrollment in appropriate training opportunities (Awards have typically not been made for personal scholarships or to pay for regular academic coursework.)
-Technical assistance

Special consideration will be given to applications for child care projects that focus on one or more of the following areas:

-Infant/toddler child care
-Child care program “start up”
-Child care for children with special needs*
-Child care for monolingual/bilingual children provided by Spanish-speakers

*Children with special needs refers to those children whose behavior or development affects the family’s ability to find and maintain child care. Special needs may include developmental delays, serious emotional disturbances, speech impairments, deafness, blindness, etc.

Note: This round of Mini-Grant funding will be prioritized to support early care and education programs that have been impacted by the North Bay wildfires. The impact on the program and how funds will be used to address the impact should be clearly described in the application. However, all eligible applicants are encouraged to apply for funding for eligible activities, as described in the application.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172905

Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no minimum request. Agencies and individuals may request up to $5,000.

For child care providers who have not previously received a mini-grant, the following restrictions apply:
-Family child care providers licensed for 6 to 8 children may request up to $2,000
-Family child care providers licensed for 9 to 14 children may request up to $3,500
-Child care centers may request up to $5,000

Term of Contract:

If you receive a mini-grant, you will have approximately one year to complete your mini-grant project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications for agencies and individuals who are not child care providers will be accepted from:

Applications will be accepted from:
-Nonprofit or public organizations
-Community groups that are working with a nonprofit, public institution, or private corporation that serves as their fiscal agent (manages the grant money and reporting activities)
-Private corporations or businesses
-Individuals* who conduct activities that promote children’s development

*Applicants representing small and large family child care homes, preschools, and child care centers must use a child care or Gateway to Quality application form.

Note: This round of mini-grants will be open to past recipients of First 5 mini-grants.

Pre-Application Information:

There are two mini-grant application periods: June 1 - July 15 and December 1 - January 15.

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the last day of each application period. If the 15th falls on a weekend or holiday, applications will be accepted until 5:00 PM on the next business day. Late applications will not be accepted.

Notification letters will be mailed within 30 days following the Commission meeting at which mini-grant applications are approved. Usually the meetings are held in October (for June/July applications) and April (for December/January applications).

Frequently Asked Questions:
http://first5sonomacounty.org/_templates_portal/Page.aspx?id=2147512934

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Cathy Passmore
(707) 565-6612
cathy.passmore@sonoma-county.org

First 5 Sonoma County
490 Mendocino Avenue, Suite 203
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Attention: Mini-grant Program

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Sonoma County