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November 20, 2009

Oswego City-County Youth Bureau Offers Mini Grants for Youth Projects

The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau anticipates having funds available for its 2010 mini-grant program. Grants will be awarded to not-for-profit community organizations that provide non-sectarian activities for youth during hours when school is not in session.

In the past, the Youth Bureau has awarded grants for a range of activities serving youth throughout Oswego County. Examples include a keynote speaker for a county-wide youth employment summit, a community arts event, a summer reading program at the Fulton Public Library, and a Bike Rodeo/ Safe Child Community Day.

The Youth Bureau also has funds available for projects that address the needs of at-risk youth and/or address risk issues that youth experience. Examples of this include hosting a speaker at a county-wide teen health conference, supporting a family camp hosted by Rural and Migrant Ministries, and addressing the issue of bullying by implementing a program called Rachael's Challenge at the Oswego High School.

Grant requests may range from $500 to $2,000. There is also a collaborative mini-grant opportunity available for three organizations that can apply for up to $6,000.

“Mini-grants provide an opportunity for community organizations to work together and come up with creative ways to provide a v of activities that meet the interests of a wide group of youth”, said Kathleen Fenlon, director of the Oswego City-CountyYouth Bureau.

Projects must be completed by the end of 2010 and provide a direct service to children and families in Oswego County. Applications will be accepted in four cycles for 2010. Applications for activities in the first quarter of 2010 are due by December 4, 2009 with award announcements made by December 31, 2009.

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.

Those interested in applying for a mini-grant can call Brian Chetney or Kathleen Fenlon at the Youth Bureau to discuss their ideas and receive assistance with the application.

For more information or to receive a mini-grant application package, contact the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau at 349-3451 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3451; or by .

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