Oswego County News Release
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May 23, 2008

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.

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 workshops for youth during the summer; an educational program for youth in an underserved area of the county, and the opportunity for children to perform a play that deals with developmental disabilities. “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.

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. The next round of funding has a submission date of June 20 with awards being announced by July 3. 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 contact Kathleen Fenlon by .

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