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March 7, 2008

Deadline is March 21 for Youth 'Mini-Grant' 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. Applications for the next round of funding are due March 21 with awards announced April 4.

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.

“Community partners have been very creative in developing ways to use mini-grants to provide opportunities for children and families which would not otherwise occur,” said Fenlon.

Some of the agencies that recently received funding include:

  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Square for a three-site field trip and mixer.

  • Fulton Family YMCA for a “midnight madness” event with supervised swimming, refreshments, and supplies.

  • Youth Advocacy Program for a bike rodeo including food, entertainment, and recreational supplies.

  • ARISE Child and Family Service for Youth Sibshops including family workshops, refreshments, supplies, T-shirts, and photos.

  • Oswego County Autism Task Force for an Autism Family Fun Walk with entertainment, refreshments, arts and crafts supplies, facility rental, door prizes, and decorations; and

  • Oswego Harborfest for the “In Quest of Columbus” theatre production.

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.

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. Funds cannot be used for equipment, capital improvement, to offset wages of existing staff, or to cover administrative overhead. Youth participants must be able to participate without paying a fee to belong to the host organization.

For 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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