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March 27, 2009

Youth Bureau Will Award Mini Grants for Youth Projects

The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau is accepting applications for its 2009 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 for a variety of activities serving youth throughout Oswego County. Examples include a family camp for low-income families, art activities in local parks during the summer, putting on a children's theatrical performance with 50 local children, and sponsoring a motivational speaker to address hundreds of students from across the county.

“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. “Community organizations, working together, have come up with many creative ways to provide a diverse group of activities that meet the interests of a wide group of youth.”

Projects must be completed by the end of 2009 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 in three phases, or until available funds are exhausted. The first deadline for applications is April 17.

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 Kathleen Fenlon by .

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