Oswego County News Release
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June 1, 2009

Youth Bureau Will Award Mini Grants for Youth Projects

OSWEGO -- The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau is entering the second funding cycle 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.

Grant requests may range from $500 to $2,000. In the past, the youth bureau has awarded grants for a range of activities serving youth throughout Oswego County. The first round of mini-grants that were approved include an intergenerational activity with a local elementary school and Bishop Commons assistive living residence, nature movies at the Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center, a summer reading program at the Fulton Public Library, a children's theatrical performance at Harborfest, and a Bike Rodeo/ Safe Child Community Day.

“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 Kathleen Fenlon, youth bureau executive director. “Mini-grants provide an opportunity for community organizations to work together and come up with 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 next deadline for applications is June 19.

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 Fenlon.

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