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Aug. 6, 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 for projects that support the three-year Oswego County Child and Family Services Plan. The plan is a combined effort of the Youth Bureau and the Oswego County Department of Social Services and establishes goals for positive youth development and family issues in Oswego County.

"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 award grants from $500 to $1,500.

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

"The Youth Bureau Board of Directors set aside 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. 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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