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December 28, 2007

Youth Bureau Will Award Mini Grants for Youth Projects

The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau is accepting applications for its 2008 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 deadline to apply for the first round of grant funding is Jan. 28.

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 by bringing in symphony performances to elementary students; provided at-risk youth and families an opportunity to connect with service providers and a local police department in a positive community setting; and bring in a keynote speaker to address high school students at a Youth Employment Summit.

“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 2008 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 quarterly, or until available funds are exhausted.

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.

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; or e-mail .

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