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Jan. 19, 2007

Youth Bureau Will Award Mini Grants for Youth Projects

The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau announces its 2007 mini-grant program. Funding will be awarded to community organizations that provide non-sectarian activities for youth during hours when school is not in session.

Kathleen Fenlon, director of the youth bureau, said the mini-grant program provides an opportunity for community groups to organize projects that address the diverse interests of youth in Oswego County.

Grant requests may range from $500 to $2,000. In the past, the youth bureau has awarded grants to provide artistic and cultural enrichment opportunities for youth through dance in an underserved area of Oswego County; provide the opportunity for at-risk youth and families to connect with service providers and law enforcement in a positive community setting, in partnership with a local police department; and for the countywide mock trial program to educate high school students about the judicial system and the mechanics of preparing a case for trial.

“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. Projects must be completed by the end of 2007 and provide a direct service to children and families in Oswego County. Applications are being accepted on a continuous basis through mid September. Awards are expected to be granted at the end of March, June, and September.

Not-for-profit organizations, including agencies, schools, libraries, municipalities, associations, and churches may apply for funding. Organizations are encouraged to involve youth in the planning and implementation of the project.

A bidder's conference has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 in the Youth Bureau conference room, 70 Bunner St., Oswego. Youth Bureau staff will also schedule individual appointments to provide technical assistance upon request.

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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