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Nov. 5, 2010

Youth Bureau Will Award Mini-Grants for Youth Projects

The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau anticipates having funds available for its 2011 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.

In the past, the youth bureau has awarded grants for a range of activities serving youth throughout Oswego County. Examples include a community arts event, supplies for a Teen Health Conference, Family Camp at Camp Hollis for low-income families, and afterschool educational workshops.

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. "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. "We have also funded several mini-grants in the past that have served as seed money to initiate activities that continue on with other support in future years."

Projects must be completed by the end of 2011 and provide a direct service to children and families in Oswego County. Applications will be accepted in four cycles for 2011. Applications for activities in the first quarter of 2011 are due by Dec. 3, 2010 with award announcements made by Dec. 31, 2010.

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.

Organizations 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. For more information or to receive a min-grant application package, contact Kathy or Brian at 315-349-3451 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3451; or Kathleen Fenlon.

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