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March 24, 2004

Youth Bureau Offers Mini Grants For Child And Family Services Projects

The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau has announced the availability of mini-grants that will support the three-year Oswego County Child and Family Services Plan. This plan, which is a combined effort of the Youth Bureau and the Oswego County Department of Social Services, establishes goals for positive youth development and family issues based upon identified needs.

"The mini-grants are an opportunity for community organizations to implement short-term projects and initiatives which can have a lasting community impact," said Kathleen Fenlon, director of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. The Youth Bureau Board of Directors will make awards between $500 and $1,500.

Not-for-profit agencies with a 501(c) 3 designation, schools, and municipalities may apply for funding. The deadline for applications is April 16.

"The Youth Bureau Board of Directors set aside some funding for the mini-grants in their 2004 budget, because mini-grants have proven to be a successful way to engage different community partners to work together to meet the needs of children and families," said Fenlon.

Applicants are encouraged to partner with other community organizations, raise a cash or in-kind match, and involve youth in planning and implementing the project. Projects or initiatives must be completed by the end of 2004 and must provide a direct service to children and families residing in Oswego County. Projects that provide increased opportunities for families to learn how to bond, projects that helps students achieve better grades in school, and programs that focus on early intervention for youth are examples of priorities set by the Youth Bureau Board of Directors.

For an application package, or for more information, contact Brian Chetney at the youth bureau at 349-3451 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3451.

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