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Feb. 3, 2006

Youth Bureau will Award Mini-Grants for Youth Activities

The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau is accepting applications from community organizations for mini-grant projects that provide activities for youth when school is not in session.

Bidders' conferences for interested applicants will be held at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Youth Bureau conference room, 70 Bunner St., Oswego.

According to Kathleen Fenlon, director of the Youth Bureau, the mini-grants will support "non-sectarian, time-limited projects which address the diverse interests of youth." Projects must be completed by the end of 2006 and must provide a direct service to children and families residing in Oswego County. Applications will continue to be accepted until the funds are fully obligated.

Not-for-profit organizations, including community agencies, schools, libraries, municipalities, and faith-based organizations such as churches or synagogues may apply. The funds may be used to pay for speakers, workshops, food, supplies, transportation and related costs. Applicants are encouraged to submit projects that focus on youth development, youth recreation, leisure-time activities for youth and families, or activities that encourage opportunities for artistic expression. Organizations are encouraged to involve youth in the planning and implementation of the project.

"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. "The Youth Bureau board of directors set aside some funding for mini-grants in their 2006 budget."

Those interested are encouraged to attend one of the bidder's conferences. For a mini-grant 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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