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May 10, 2010

Youth Bureau Will Award Mini Grants for Youth Projects

The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau has funding available for its 2010 mini-grant program. Funding will be awarded to not-for-profit community organizations that provide non-sectarian activities for youth during hours when school is not in session. Mini-grant funds are also available for projects that address the needs of at-risk youth and/or address risk issues youth experience.

In the past, the youth bureau has awarded grants for a range of activities serving youth throughout Oswego County. Examples include interactive educational competitions for youth at the Oswego County Fair, after-school workshops that give teens the tools to help them make healthy decisions as part of May Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month activities, funding for two children's theater plays, and hosting a speaker at a countywide youth employment summit.

"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," said Kathleen Fenlon, director of the Youth Bureau.

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

Applications for this round of funding are due by June 18 with award announcements made by June 30. Projects must be completed by the end of 2010 and provide a direct service to children and families in Oswego County. Fifteen proposals were received in the first funding cycle, with ten proposals receiving funding.

Not-for-profit organizations, including agencies, schools, libraries, municipalities, and churches may apply. Organizations are encouraged to involve youth in planning and implementing their projects.

Those interested in applying for a mini-grant are encouraged to call Brian Chetney or Kathleen Fenlon at the Youth Bureau to discuss their ideas and receive assistance with the application. They may be contacted at 315-349-3451 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3451; or Kathleen Fenlon.

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