Oswego County News Release
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August 13, 2007

Youth Bureau will Award Mini Grants for Youth Projects

The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau is in the third phase of 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. The application deadline is Sept. 7, with awards being made by Sept. 30, 2007.

According to Kathleen Fenlon, director of the youth bureau, the Youth Bureau Board of Directors has previously awarded 13 mini-grants to community organizations that provide a broad range of activities spread throughout Oswego County.

“Examples of recent mini-grants include funding to the Oswego Public Library for summer story sessions for elementary students, where students will learn about the library and meet many of local elementary teachers, and the Ontario Arts Center for Caribbean dance lessons for middle and high school youth,” said Fenlon. “These are examples of mini-grants that provide an opportunity for community organizations to offer specific projects that address diverse interests of youth. The mini-grant awards are spread to geographic areas throughout Oswego County, and serve young children up through teen-agers.”

The mini-grant program offers a unique opportunity for youth and adults to participate in the national Search Institute's Healthy Communities-Healthy Youth conference Nov. 8 through 10 in Rochester, NY. This is the first time this conference has been held on the East Coast. More information about the conference may be obtained by going to www.search-institute.org/hchy The board will consider applications from eligible organizations to send youth and adults to the event.

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.

Projects must be completed by the end of 2007 and must provide a direct service to children and families residing in Oswego County.

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

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